Our requirements are designed to ensure that each George School graduate is well prepared both for college and for a lifetime of learning and service. They reflect our belief that students become creative, reflective, open, disciplined, productive, compassionate, and passionate adults by engaging in a broad range of learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, in the context of a spiritually grounded education.
They are designed to provide ample opportunity for students to develop the talents and interests of which they are aware and to discover and develop previously unrecognized ones. Finally, our requirements are designed to ensure that students will develop an appreciation for the many interconnected ways of knowing and being and will thus seek to integrate a wide range of perspectives on any issue.
George School’s graduation requirements are designed to ensure that students have broad liberal arts exposure in 9th and 10th grade as they:
- Come to understand themselves as scholars, as young adults, and as individuals within the community
- Gain exposure to potential new interests and a variety of ways of knowing.
- Establish a strong foundation on which to build an 11th- and 12th-grade program specifically tailored to their interests.
Students are expected to earn 6 credits in each of the seven academic departments over the course of 9th and 10th grades.
Then, students must either:
- Fulfill the requirements of the IB Diploma Program, or
- Design their own 11th- and 12th-grade college preparatory program during which they earn at least 36 credits (not including sports and physical education), including at least 3 credits in Arts and at least 3 credits in Religions.
All students must also:
- Include among their courses 3 credits in US History and 2 credits in Biology (typically done in 10th grade)
- Fulfill the physical education/team activity requirements
- Fulfill the co-op/service learning requirement