Graduation Requirements for the Upper School

Requisites

Upper SchoolMajor courses:

English: 4 years
Mathematics: 3 years
Science: 3 years
History: 3 years, to be completed by the end of Grade 11
World Language: 2 years, up to Level 3 or beyond

Minor courses

Minor courses are offered in the arts, mathematics, technology, English, religion, science, world language/culture, history, service, and physical education.

Two minor courses are required each semester. Seniors with two honors or AP courses may elect only one minor course. Students must take and pass the following minors for graduation:

  • New students: Computer Applications
  • Grade 9: Public Speaking, Peer Leadership, Owning Up
  • Grade 10: Ethics
  • 2 courses in visual or performing arts
  • 1 course in technology
  • 2 courses in religion or philosophy (or a senior major elective in lieu of two minor courses)
Physical Education and Health

Students must take Health one quarter per year (driver’s education in Grade 10) and Physical Education the other three.

Intensive Learning

Successful completion of the annual Intensive Learning program in March is required of all students. Intensive learning is a six-day program that enables students to engage in group-oriented, out-of-the-classroom learning. Recent programs have included: service learning in Costa Rica, Habitat for Humanity, making sculpture from recycled materials, and learning about homelessness in Philadelphia.

Senior Project

Seniors are required to design and carry out an independent program of personal learning, usually off-campus, during a four-week period in May. Read more about Senior Projects.

Service Requirement

Service emerges directly from our Quaker values. In order to graduate, students must engage in a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service during their Upper School years. Read more about Service Learning at MFS.