Courses and Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate from Bancroft School, an Upper School student must earn a total of twenty (20) academic credits and complete additional non-credit requirements, as outlined below:
Math & Science
- 4 credits in English
- 3 credits in History
- 3 credits in a Foreign Language (or 2 credits each in 2 Foreign Languages)
- 1 credit in the Performing Arts or Visual Arts
- 3 credits chosen from a variety of disciplines
- Physical education is required all 4 years; waived for seniors while playing an interscholastic sport
- 15 hours of service during Grades 9–10 and Grades 11–12
Each student entering Grade 9 must complete the Freshman Seminar, a course that helps students better understand their neurological, emotional, and social development. Students explore academic, social, and developmental challenges and learn how to successfully manage both stress and conflict. They are also introduced to leadership styles, human relationships, and human sexuality.
- Each senior must complete the Senior Cooperative, the final senior project combining an off-campus internship, a research project, and community service
NOTE: The minimum load of classes each school year is the equivalent of five (5) full-credit courses plus physical education. Students who prefer a program of six (6) full-credit academic courses must get prior approval from the Head of Upper School.