Course Information

Information regarding course offerings, graduation requirements, guidelines of study, and other important academic course information can be found below.

Course Catalog & Planning Guide

Graduation Requirements

Arts

New students entering in third or fourth form: 3 terms of Arts courses

Students entering in fifth form: 2 terms of Arts courses

Students entering in sixth form: 1 term of an Arts course

Class of 2018, 2019, 2020: At least 3 terms of Arts courses to include both Arts disciplines (performing or visual) or 2 years in one discipline (performing or visual)

English

  • Four years. This requirement may be met through enrollment in English 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Fifth and sixth form students may also be able to meet the English requirement for those two years by enrolling in Humanities 3 and 4.
  • The English 3 requirement may be met by enrolling in American Studies during the fifth form year.

History and Social Sciences

  • Students entering in the third form: 20th Century History taken in the third form and United States History taken in the fifth or sixth form.
  • Students entering in the fourth form: Two years of History and Social Sciences, one of which must be U.S. History taken in the fifth or sixth form.
  • Students entering in the fifth or sixth form: One year of U. S. History.
  • The U.S. History requirement may also be met by enrolling in American Studies in the fifth form.

World and Classical Languages

Greek, Latin, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish

  • Completion of the study of one World or Classical Language through the third-year level
    or
  • Completion of the study of two languages through the second- year level. 

Mathematics

  • Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
    or
  • Integrated Mathematics 31 or higher (This applies only to students in the class of 2020 and beyond).

Religious Studies and Philosophy

  • One year
  • Advanced Latin Seminar, Greek 3 (Honors) or Arabic 3 (Honors) when taken concurrently with a second language at an upper level
  •  English 4 Honors: Literature and Religion
  • *Religious Studies and Language requirement waived for post-graduates

Science

Two years of Laboratory Science. 
*Not all science courses meet the laboratory science requirement.

The Hill School offers 28 Advanced Placement courses. 

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Guidelines for Course of Study:

Typical THIRD form course of study: 

  • English 1
  • Integrated Mathematics (Integrated Math 11, 21, 31 or 41. Dependent on placement test)
  • Biology 1
  • 20th Century History
  • Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Latin, or Spanish – level dependent on previous experience and placement test)
  • Arts (see course catalog for options)

Under certain circumstances and with the permission of the Director of Studies, a student may substitute another course for one of these courses. Students who substitute a course in the third form will be expected to take that course in the fourth form. Third form students who demonstrate the capacity may, with the permission of the Director of Studies, take a seventh class in addition to the typical six.

Typical FOURTH form course of study:

  • English 2
  • Mathematics (Geometry, Algebra 2, or other math as appropriate based on courses already taken and results of placement test)
  • Chemistry 1 (or Biology 1 if not already taken)
  • World History (see options in the course catalog)
  • Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Latin, or Spanish – level dependent on previous experience and placement test)

In most cases a student may substitute another course for one of these courses. An additional sixth course may also be taken if desired. A seventh non-graded Performing Arts course may be taken as well (Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra).

Any questions regarding these guidelines or any other aspect of the academic experience at Hill should be directed to Director of Studies and Instruction Bo Kim at 610-705-1089 or bkim@thehill.org.

Important Notes:

  • All courses of study are subject to the approval of the Director of Studies.
     
  • Fifth and sixth form programs of study must also be approved by the College Counseling Office.
     
  • During the fourth, fifth, and sixth form years: ​
    • All students must be enrolled in at least five classes per term.
    • Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to enroll in more than six graded courses.
    • A seventh non-graded Performing Arts course will be approved under appropriate circumstances.
       
  • During the third form year, students will typically take six classes: Arts, English, History, Classical or Modern Language, Mathematics, and Science. Under certain circumstances, and with the permission of the Director of Studies, a student may substitute another course for one of these courses. Students who substitute a course in the third form will be expected to take that course in the fourth form. Third form students who demonstrate the capacity may, with the permission of the Director of Studies, take a seventh class in addition to the typical six.