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Upper School Curriculum

Gather around an idea

At San Domenico classes often resemble a college seminar: students and teacher grappling with ideas, sparking new insights, caught up in the give and take of reasoned arguments. Rarely will you see a straight lecture; Information is presented with intentional methodology, utilizing a myriad of platforms to engage all learning styles. These are the pursuits that forge a mature intellect, and prepare young men and women for all the conversations that lie ahead. Small class size, averaging 15 students, allows every voice to be heard.

Explore the tapestry of human knowledge

Coursework at SD weaves academic disciplines together to give a holistic view of human culture and thought. How has religion influenced the course of history? How do we see politics in art? When has literature encouraged social justice? Because systems of knowledge are interwoven, we invite our students to encounter ideas within the complex fields that created them, preparing their minds to weigh the many nuances in human reality.

In pursuit of excellence and in support of academic curiosity, we encourage students to consider how diverse academic subjects offer distinct perspectives on our interconnectedness with all living things. As a result, we can guide our students in imaging and building a better world.

2016-17 Cirriculum Guide and Course Catalog (PDF)

Minimum Requirements for Graduation established for Grades 9 though 12

English - 4 years required

Required courses:

  • English 9 or ESL Literature and Composition (1 year)
  • English 10 (1 year)
  • (Some combination during Junior / Senior years of) 4 Semester Electives (2 American Lit electives and 2 World Lit electives), AP Language & Composition and/or AP English Literature & Composition

World Languages - 3 consecutive years of a modern language required. (Students having completed the 3rd year of a language but not 3 consecutive years at San Domenico may petition the school administration for permission to take an additional two consecutive years in another language.)

History - 3 years required

Required courses:

  • Global Studies
  • Europe and the Modern World
  • US History or AP US History

Mathematics - 3 years (through Integrated Math 3 or Algebra 2) required

Religious Studies - 4 years required

Required courses:

  • Global StudiesHebrew and Christian Scriptures
  • Social Justice
  • Senior Electives

Science - 3 years laboratory sciences required

Required courses:

  • Conceptual Physics (with permission of the administration; waived for transfer students and for students who pass a placement test)
  • Life science (e.g. Biology or AP Biology)
  • Chemistry or Chemistry Honors

Visual and Performing Arts – 2 years required (1 year for transfer students)

Required courses:

  • Freshman Arts (waived for transfer students)
  • One year of Visual or Performing Arts elective. Students are recommended to fulfill this requirement in the sophomore year.  Two (2) semesters of one subject taken consecutively is highly recommended.

Health – 1 year required

Required course:

  • Freshman Health. (Transfer students with administration approval can satisfy this requirement with a similar course completed before enrolling in San Domenico. The course must have been taken in the 9th or 10th grade. If a transfer student has not taken a course that can meet this requirement an alternative Health course is required.)

Physical Education – 4 semesters required

Service Learning - Completion of ROSE Project required

*Graduation requirements for transfer students might differ. Please contact the school administration for more information.


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