Upper School Course of Study
A student must earn 23 ½ credits, distributed as follows, to meet Palmer Trinity School’s graduation requirements:
English: Each student is required to earn four credits, one credit in each year of enrollment in the upper school.
Mathematics and Computer Science: Each student is required to earn three credits of mathematics including one credit beyond Algebra II. A fourth year is strongly recommended.
Each student must complete at least one semester of credit in computer programming; the requirement may be met from grade eight to twelve.
Science: Each student is required to earn three credits of laboratory science, specifically in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. A fourth year is strongly recommended.
History and Humanities: Each student is required to earn three credits, specifically in World History, United States History, and a regional history. A fourth year is strongly recommended.
World Languages: Each student is required to earn a minimum of two credits (through the third level) of a language. Four years of language study is strongly recommended.
Religious Studies: Each student is required to earn one credit or two semester credits including Foundations of World Religions.
Fine Arts: Each student is required to earn two semesters of credit in Visual or Performing Arts.
Physical Education: Each student is required to earn two semesters of credit, including one semester of Wellness.
Academic Electives: Each student is required to earn five additional credits in academic courses designed for students in grades ten through twelve.
A student must enroll in a minimum of five academic courses each semester.
Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
Palmer Trinity School offers Advanced Placement courses in each of the academic disciplines. Some departments also offer upper-level honors courses, some of which serve as gateway courses to the department’s Advanced Placement curriculum.
Most Advanced Placement courses are content driven, a fact that requires students to maintain a brisk pace through the course of study. Furthermore, Advanced Placement course work requires an exceedingly high level of engagement in class activities and written assignments. Palmer Trinity thus encourages students to limit themselves to three Advanced Placement courses a year.
Students who enroll in Advanced Placement courses are expected to remain in those courses for the entire year. Except in extraordinary circumstances, each student enrolled in an Advanced Placement course must sit for the national examination in May. Students who do not sit for the AP examination may receive a zero for the end-of-year exam in the AP course.