ACADEMICS

Planning Your Program

The goal of an ANC education is to prepare students for a good and useful life, in this world and in the next. In addition to providing an excellent academic experience, we know that athletics and social life are also important arenas for learning how to lead a good life. In all areas of learning our concern is the development of moral and rational wisdom in each of our students.

Because of  our views about the unique nature of the feminine mind, and the special way the feminine and masculine can complement each other, the Girls School and Boys School are Two Schools in One, employing single sex classes and experiences when we believe that is most appropriate and effective for our young ladies, and co-educational classes and experiences when that is most beneficial. About half of the classes are co-educational, with a gradual increase in mixed classes toward the upper grades. This creates an ideal environment in which our students can develop with independence and confidence, but also learn about, and learn to enjoy, how the masculine mind works.

Course Selection

Each person is born with special interests and unique potential, so the number of electives increases at each grade level as college and career ambitions begin to take shape. Determining which electives to choose is a collaborative effort between parents, students and advisors, based on the student’s interests and their college and career ambitions. Academic Guidance Paths suggest what kind of program will build a suitable transcript, and the student’s Academic Advisor, the Registrar and the College and Career Counselor will provide further guidance.

A year long course is taken for 12 credits.  A course lasting one term is taken for 4 credits. 

FRESHMAN CURRICULUM

Students entering in the 9th grade are required to take a full year of:

  • English 1 (four periods per week)
  • Ancient History (four periods per week)
  • Introductory Physical Science (four periods per week)
  • Math* (four periods per week)
  • Latin** (four periods per week)

and

  • a term and a half of Religion (four periods per week)
  • a half term of Health (four periods per week)
  • a term of Fundamentals of Fine Art (four periods per week)
  • Physical Education is required in any term in which the student is not enrolled in a sport (two periods per week)

One term electives meeting twice per week are:

  • Choral Ensemble (two periods per week)
  • Instrumental Ensemble (two periods per week)

*Math choices include Algebra 1, which prepares the student for Geometry in sophomore year, Applied Algebra, for those needing more Math support, or Advanced Geometry, which is an accelerated course.)

**At the discretion of the World Languages Department, this requirement may be waived to accommodate a support period when desirable.

 

SOPHOMORE CURRICULUM

Students entering in the 10th grade are required to take a full year of:

  • English 2 (four periods per week)
  • European History (four periods per week)
  • Biology (four periods per week)
  • Math* (four periods per week)

and

  • a term and a half of Religion (four periods per week)
  • a half term of Health (four periods per week)
  • Physical Education is required in any term in which the student is not enrolled in a sport (two periods per week)

Three term electives are:

  • Latin 2 (4 periods per week)
  • French 1, 2, 3-4 (4 periods per week)
  • Spanish 1, 2 (4 periods per week)

One term electives are:

  • Ceramics (4 periods per week)
  • Drawing (4 periods per week)
  • Photography (4 periods per week)
  • Printmaking (4 periods per week)
  • Choral Ensemble (two periods per week)
  • Instrumental Ensemble (two periods per week)

*Math choices are Geometry or Accelerated Algebra

 

JUNIOR CURRICULUM

Students entering in the 11th grade are required to take a full year of:

  • English 3 (four periods per week)
  • U.S. History or AP U.S. History (four periods per week)
  • Math* (four periods per week)

and

  • a term and a half of Religion (four periods per week)
  • a half term of Health (four periods per week)
  • Physical Education is required in any term in which the student is not enrolled in a sport (two periods per week)

Three term electives are:

  • Physics (4 periods per week)
  • Chemistry or Honors Chemistry (4 periods per week)
  • Environmental Science (formerly Ecology) (4 periods per week)
  • Latin 2, 3-4 (4 periods per week)
  • French 1, 2, 3-4 (4 periods per week)
  • Spanish 1, 2, 3, or Honors Spanish 3 (4 periods per week)
  • Civics and Economics or Honors Civics and Economics (4 periods per week)
  • Comparative Religions
  • Visual Arts Portfolio
  • Performing Arts Portfolio

One term electives are:

  • Painting (4 periods per week)
  • Pottery (4 periods per week)
  • Printmaking (4 periods per week)
  • Stagecraft (4 periods per week)
  • Introduction to Film (4 periods per week)
  • Choral Ensemble (two periods per week)
  • Instrumental Ensemble (two periods per week)

*Math choices are Algebra 2, Accelerated Algebra 2, Precalculus, AP Statistics

 

SENIOR CURRICULUM

Students entering in the 12th grade are required to take a full year of:

  • English 4 (four periods per week)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (four periods per week)

and

  • a term and a half of Religion (four periods per week)
  • a half term of Senior Seminar (four periods per week)
  • Physical Education is required in any term in which the student is not enrolled in a sport (two periods per week)

Three term electives are:

  • AP Calculus AB, Precalculus, or Algebra 3
  • Physics (4 periods per week)
  • Chemistry or Honors Chemistry (4 periods per week)
  • Environmental Science (formerly Ecology) (4 periods per week)
  • Latin 2, 3-4 (4 periods per week)
  • French 1, 2, 3-4 (4 periods per week)
  • Spanish 1, 2, 3 or honors Spanish 3 (4 periods per week)
  • Civics and Economics or Honors Civics and Economics (4 periods per week)
  • Comparative Religions
  • Visual Arts Portfolio
  • Performing Arts Portfolio
  • Senior Project

One term electives are:

  • Drawing and Painting (4 periods per week)
  • Photography (4 periods per week)
  • Sculpture  (4 periods per week)
  • Stagecraft (4 periods per week)
  • Stained Glass (4 periods per week)
  • Choral Ensemble (two periods per week)
  • Instrumental Ensemble (two periods per week)

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