Worcester’s premier college-preparatory co-ed day school serving students from Central MA and MetroWest, Pre-K–Grade 12

Graduation Requirements



Four (4) years including specific courses in Grades 9 and 10: Justice, Power, and Revenge; The Ties that Bind (and Unbind)


Three (3) years including Atlantic World, Citizens of the American Experiment, U.S. History

Foreign Language

Completion of a 300-level course in one (1) language or a 200-level course in two (2) different languages


One (1) year in Performing or Visual Arts


Three (3) years of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II

Lab Science

Three (3) years of Chemistry, Biology, and a third lab science (Physics strongly recommended)

Physical Education

Four (4) semester classes

Community Service

Grades 9–10: Fifteen (15) hours of service; Grades 11–12: Fifteen (15) hours of service

Freshman Seminar

9th grade Health/Social-Emotional Learning Course (meets two blocks – fall or spring semester)

Bancroft Senior Cooperative 

Completion of the "Senior Co-Op" experience


It is highly recommended that students carry 22-24 blocks per rotation. The minimum class load is 20 blocks per rotation.

A full-time course is equivalent to four (4) blocks.

A year is equivalent to a four-block class both semesters. 

For the purpose of college admissions, students should take the most challenging curriculum available while demonstrating strengths in those classes. Additionally, they should continue their studies for four years in any subject whenever possible.


2018-2019 Upper School Course Catalog
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