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Upper School Program Overview

We recognize and develop individual strengths, and build competence in areas of greater challenge.

Course Requirements

A diploma from Rowland Hall indicates successful completion of four years of a planned high school experience. This includes completion of the minimum core requirements established by the individual departments. All juniors are required to complete 25 hours of community service with a local nonprofit of their choice through Project Action of the Beyond the Classroom program. In addition, students may choose electives of special interest. 

Minimum Graduation Requirements
English 4 credits
Social Science 3 credits
Lab Sciences 3 credits
Math 3 credits
World Language 2 credits (same language, 3 years recommended)
Fine Art 13 credits
World Religion/Ethics 23 credit (two trimesters) 
Project Action 1 credit
Health 23 credit (two trimesters, tenth through twelfth grades)
Fitness 25 hours per year for 1 credit (2 credits required); or participation in interscholastic athletics
Minimum Total Credits 26*

*The average four-year high school student graduates with 30 credits. Exceeding the minimum credit total is strongly encouraged.

Rowmark Ski Academy

Rowmarkers in grades nine through twelve earn a full-year physical education credit for their participation on the ski team. During the winter season (Thanksgiving break to April break), students take four academic core classes each morning, which enables them to train on the slopes in the afternoons. During the fall trimester Rowmark students participate in afternoon dry-land training, and during the spring trimester they may carry a heavier academic load.

Daily Schedule

The Upper School runs on a seven-day rotating block schedule. Each day consists of five blocks.

Late-Start Monday Schedule
8:40–8:55 am Arrival
8:55–9:55 am First block
9:55–10:05 am Passing time
10:05–11:05 am Second block
11:05–11:10 am Passing time
11:10 am–12:10 pm Third block
12:10–1 pm Lunch
1–2 pm Fourth block
2–2:05 pm Passing time
2:05–3:05 pm Fifth block
Tuesday–Friday Schedule
8–8:15 am Arrival
8:15–9:15 am First block
9:15–10:05 am Morning break
10:05–11:05 am Second block
11:05–11:10 am Passing time
11:10 am–12:10 pm Third block
12:10–1 pm Lunch
1–2 pm Fourth block
2–2:05 pm Passing time
2:05–3:05 pm Fifth block

 

Homework

Homework is an extension of the learning process and experiences that take place in the classroom. Homework should establish independent work habits, provide practice in skills already learned, promote intellectual curiosity, and prepare the student for full classroom participation. Upper schoolers will average two to two and a half hours of homework per week, per class. Students in advanced classes average four to five hours of homework per week for those classes. No homework will be given over Fall Break, Thanksgiving weekend, Winter Break, April Break, or Interim.

Grading

Grade point averages are calculated according to the following scale:

A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
D- 0.67
F 0.00

Academic Support

The academic support counselor assists students with learning differences, working closely with parents, teachers, and academic advisors to make the Rowland Hall curriculum accessible to all students. The counselor will recommend outside tutors whenever necessary. Additionally, teachers are available for consultation with their students during the school day.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled twice during the academic year. Additionally, parents are invited to reach out to teachers at any time during the school year to discuss questions or concerns. 

Advanced Courses

Rowland Hall offers a full range of Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced Topics (AT), and honors courses. Admission to these courses is made on the basis of departmental recommendations and on what your teachers and parents believe is the appropriate course load for you. A grade threshold and/or a placement test may also apply depending on the discipline. Every student completes a course-load planning form that is reviewed by the academic support counselor, the principals, and your current teachers.

Students enrolled in AP courses must take the corresponding AP exams in May. They may also opt to take AP tests in a subject even when the corresponding course is not offered.

Rowland Hall's AP and AT courses are detailed under their respective subject areas on the curriculum page, and listed in an overview at the very bottom of that page.

Personalized Attention

Student working with teacher in science class.

Our Upper School has an average class size of 13. Every student is well-known and supported in the ways that best meet their needs.

You Belong at Rowland Hall