Upper School Curriculum Overview
The Upper School stimulates the academic, ethical, interpersonal, and physical growth of students through its challenging college preparatory curriculum.
Students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, make responsible decisions, and embrace leadership opportunities.
Students meet graduation requirements in history and social studies, English, science, mathematics, world languages, and the arts. The Upper School offers both Advanced Placement and Advanced Topics courses, which are available after the Freshman year. A strong extracurricular program, developed by faculty and students, provides sports teams, clubs, and organizations for the entire student body. A service learning program encourages students to become active and caring members of their communities. College counseling occurs throughout grades 9-12.
CURRICULUM AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The Upper School offers both Advanced Placement and Advanced Topics courses – our most challenging and complex course offering – which are available after the Freshman year.
- English: 4 years required
- Mathematics: 3 years required
- Science: 3 years required
- Social Studies: 3 years required
- World Language: 3 years required
- Art: 2 years required
- Physical Education: 1 year required (or athletic participation)
- General Electives
English: 4 years required
Mathematics: 3 years required
Science: 3 years required
Social Studies: 3 years required
World Language: 3 years required
Art: 2 years required
Physical Education: 1 year required (or athletic participation)
Upper School Course Catalog
Please see our Upper School Course Catalog for the most current course offerings, information on advanced topics and advanced placement courses, and information about graduation requirements.
Signature Learning Experiences
Student-driven choice and inquiry define Cannon’s signature learning experiences. Students collaborate with one another and their teachers to define a research topic, problem or project. While signature learning experiences unfold differently depending on the course, they all culminate with students publicly demonstrating competencies in their respective fields. Selected examples include:
Signature Learning Experiences result in so much more than well-executed presentations or research papers—they set the stage for moments of inspiration, new ideas, and excitement for learning. I’ve seen the moment a new connection is made—the moment the light bulb clicks on—and it’s magic.
Nate Rogers, Upper School Academic Dean
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