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Episcopal High School

EHS Curriculum Overview

Through a rich offering of over 180 courses across the Four Pillars, EHS helps students to develop independence and self-direction, creative problem-solving skills, intellectual curiosity, persistence, and open-mindedness. Our goal is to equip students with skills and concepts that they can apply successfully in new situations, to question assumptions, evaluate information, and make courageous decisions. Our arts programs teach students to see, experiment, invent, and imagine in ways that are an inherent part of the creative process. Academic classes in religion strengthen both the intellect and the spirit, and a thoughtfully designed and varied curriculum in wellness, as well as the many athletic offerings, provide many opportunities for students to enhance their physical health. The faculty of 92 men and women, with over 60% holding advanced degrees, is committed to preparing EHS students for college and a significant life thereafter.

Select a department below to access department description, full curriculum map, and individual course maps.

English

The courses offered by the English department aim to give students a thorough knowledge of the English language; to enable them to think, speak, and write clearly, creatively and logically; and to read with comprehension. These skills are fostered in a community that respects the individual, that values diversity, and that enjoys learning as a lifetime pursuit. Courses of study in English help students develop their critical thinking skills, organize their ideas, connect literature to their lives, develop patterns of independent thinking and learning, and foster the expression of individual creativity.

> English Department Home Page
> English Curriculum Map (pdf)
> Individual English Course Maps
> Four-Year Student Progression

History

The History and Social Sciences Department strives to familiarize students with the critical skills of analysis, interpretation, and synthesis, and to examine current and historical events through a variety of lenses. Our diverse selection of required courses provide students with a background in western and non-western cultures, and address such issues as ethnicity, gender, race and religion. In addition to traditional history classes, a dynamic offering of electives allows students to pursue a foundation in the social sciences as well, including government, economics, and psychology. All classes focus on providing students with the skills necessary to conduct comprehensive research, write papers in a logical and cogent manner, analyze primary sources, and ask intuitive questions. Group work, discussions, and frequent use of technological resources are used to complement traditional lecture-style classes.

> History Department Home
> History Curriculum Map (pdf)
> Individual History Course Maps
> Four-Year Student Progression

Mathematics

Believing that each student can be successful in mathematics and that each student ought to be comfortably challenged to achieve his or her full mathematical potential, the Mathematics Department provides a wide variety of college-preparatory courses from Algebra One to AP Calculus AB and BC, and AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science; small class sizes; daily tutorials; technology-rich instruction; and talented, compassionate, and enthusiastic teachers. Our teachers are deeply committed to on-going professional development and to the use of innovative teaching methods and curriculum. We aim to inspire and nurture in each student a love for learning and to prepare him or her for a lifetime of learning, critical thinking, and responsible citizenship.

> Math Department Home
> Math Curriculum Map (pdf)
> Individual Math Course Maps
> Four-Year Student Progression

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Department provides students with the knowledge and practical experience that is vital to their development in a performance art. Working with teachers who are trained professionals, our students acquire the aesthetic, expressive, and technical skills that allow them to feel comfortable and confident in front of an audience. The department is organized into three programs: Theatre, Music, and Dance. While our offerings are diverse, they all teach students how to experiment, evolve and communicate in ways that are an inherent part of the creative process.

> Performing Arts Home
> Performing Arts Curriculum Map (pdf)
> Individual Performing Arts Course Maps

Religion

The academic classes of the Religion Curriculum are designed to provide an intellectually challenging study of scripture, theology, and philosophy. The curriculum offers students the historical background for and the theological foundation of Christian faith. In addition, it gives them the tools necessary to articulate their own theological and ethical positions for current and future application, preparing students both “for college and for a significant life thereafter” in line with the Mission of EHS.

> Religion Department Home
> Religion Curriculum Map (pdf)
> Individual Religion Course Maps

Science

The Science Department at EHS actively encourages all students to address the many interesting questions which arise when we attempt to understand ourselves and the living physical world. To address these questions, students must develop a significant level of scientific literacy. This requires that each student must learn to think independently, to approach problems and tasks creatively and skillfully, and to participate actively in the scientific process through prediction, observation, analysis, debate, reassessment, and reinterpretation. Computers and calculators are integrated throughout the science curriculum as tools to gather, analyze, and present information.

> Science Department Home
> Science Curriculum Map (pdf)
> Individual Science Course Maps
> Four-Year Student Progression

Visual Arts

The Episcopal High School Visual Arts program offers a rich foundation in beginning and advanced level courses. The department is organized into three distinct programs: Studio Arts, Media Arts, and Student Publications. At each course level students learn to build the skills needed to develop a broad understanding and appreciation of the visual language.Faculty work to identify and develop the creative talents possessed by each student, while promoting visual analysis, creative problem-solving, and critical thinking skills through hands-on activities. Students will develop a sense of personal style and voice through an in-depth immersion in history and culture, as well as a global understanding of the visual world in which we live.

> Visual Arts Department Home
> Visual Arts Curriculum Map (pdf)
> Individual Visual Arts Course Maps

Wellness

Episcopal High School's Health, Physical Education, Athletic Training, Wellness, and Weights programs support the school's mission of developing the whole person. We hope to inspire students toward a lifetime of physical activity. We are looking to provide them with the knowledge to facilitate good decision-making skills in regards to situations they will face in life going forward.

> Wellness Department Home
> Wellness Curriculum Map (pdf)
> Individual Wellness Course Maps

World Languages

The language courses emphasize listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language. Students also become familiar with the history and culture of countries where the target language is spoken. As students progress in their study of a language, they acquire a greater command of complex grammatical usages and vocabulary in preparation for more advanced readings. Courses focus on helping students develop accuracy and fluency in the target language while fostering an appreciation for diversity and the unique contributions of other cultures.

> World Languages Department Home
> World Languages Curriculum Map (pdf)
> Individual World Languages Course Maps
> Four-Year Student Progression

Graduation Requirements


SubjectRequired CreditsLength of Study

English

4 Credits

8 Semesters

History

3 Credits

6 Semesters

Mathematics

3 Credits

6 Semesters

Science

3 Credits

6 Semesters

World Languages

2 Credits

4 Semesters

Religion

2 Credits

4 Semesters

Arts

2 Credits

4 Semesters

Health and PE

1 Credit

2 Semesters

Other Electives

3 Credits

6 Semesters

TOTAL

23 Credits

46 Semesters



Four-Year Progression


{ English PDF }

{ History PDF }

{ Mathematics PDF }

{ Science PDF }

{ World Languages PDF }