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Curriculum Guide

Overview

The Westtown Upper School curriculum challenges students to discover their intellectual strengths and to develop the skills needed to become stewards and leaders of a better world. The core curriculum in ninth and tenth grades is built on yearlong courses in every subject so that students develop a strong foundation. Eleventh and twelfth grade students pursue a variety of courses in areas of their individual strengths, choosing from elective options rich in opportunities for leadership in designing research and social action projects, written and oral expression, and applied laboratory experiences.

Course Planning

Planning your curriculum
All rising 9th grade and new 10th-12th grade students work with their Class Dean and the Dean of Academics to discuss their choices for courses in April and May. They complete placement tests in June to confirm their choices in math and science. Returning students work with their advisor, their current teachers, and their parents in mapping out the best combination of courses for the coming year in March and April. Department Chairs, Class Deans, and the College Counseling team also review proposed course plans in the spring term. As students prepare to enter 10th grade, they complete a Tentative Four-Year Plan, mapping out next year’s courses in the context of a possible path for future courses. Materials about course planning are posted on My Westtown Resource Boards.