Courses & 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.
- 1 Arts Credit in either the performing arts or visual arts
- 4 English Credits
- 3 Foreign Language Credits in one language – or – 2 Foreign Language Credits each in two languages
- 3 History Credits
- 3 Science Credits in the laboratory sciences (chemistry, biology, environmental science, or physics)
- 3 Mathematics Credits (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry)
- 3 Elective Credits chosen from a variety of disciplines
- Freshman Seminar: This course helps ninth grade students better understand their neurological, emotional, and social development. Exploring academic, social, and developmental challenges, the course covers topics such as stress and conflict management, leadership styles, relationships, and human sexuality.
- Physical Education: Physical education is required for all four years of Upper School. The requirement may be waived for seniors while playing an interscholastic sport.
- Community Service: Students are given a wide variety of opportunities to complete the required 30 hours of community service (15 hours each in Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12).
- Bancroft Senior Cooperative: The final project of senior year, the Senior Co-op is an off-campus learning experience combining elements of an internship, a research project, and community service held in May of senior year. Learn More
- CPR Certification: While not technically a graduation requirement, every graduate leaves Bancroft certified in CPR. The School provides all students in Grade 10 and Grade 12 (as well as faculty and staff) with CPR and first aid training and certification or recertification.
NOTE: Full-year courses are worth 1 credit; single-semester courses are worth 0.5 credits. The minimum class load for each school year is the equivalent of five (5) full-year credits plus physical education. With prior approval from the Head of Upper School, some students may opt to take six (6) full-credit academic courses.