THE UPPER SCHOOL course of study at Westminster concentrates on a core curriculum in the traditional liberal arts, but it has sufficient flexibility to allow students to work in subjects and at levels appropriate to their interests and abilities. This booklet is designed to assist students and their families in making choices for the current year and for developing a four-year academic plan. It contains the required courses for each grade, additional courses offered by each department, and electives.
Students are encouraged to work closely with Grade Chairs in selecting courses. Based upon their understanding of a student’s performance and ability, Grade Chairs, along with the Director of Studies, are able to provide sound guidance for making decisions. Student schedules are developed on this same basis, with reliance on the professional judgment and concern of our teachers and administrators. Consequently, while we approach this process from the perspective of building a strong overall program that meets the academic needs and individual style of each student, we do not place students based on personal requests. Occasionally, the number of students requesting a course is insufficient to justify formation of the course. Therefore, it is important to choose alternative courses when considering elective programs.