Academic Course Offerings

The academic curriculum combines rigor with personalized pacing. Core courses encourage critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, self-awareness, and discovery. Traditional college-prep subject areas in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and world languages (primarily Spanish) are complemented by offerings in computer science, studio art, ethics, public speaking, personal finance, college and career planning, and a variety of contemporary social topics.

Offerings include Advanced Placement courses and opportunities for students to pursue interests through faculty-supervised independent study.  Each student’s educational program is tailored to his own ability, needs, interests, and style of learning.

View: Course Catalog 2020-21

English (Language Arts) • Literature and Composition – 6, 7, 8
• Introduction to Genre I & II
• American Literature
• British Literature
• AP English Language and Composition
• AP English Literature and Composition
English as a Second Language (ESL) • ESL Levels: Beginner, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Advanced
• Debate
• Literature I & II
• Speaking & Listening I, II, & III
• ESL Science courses
• ESL Social Studies courses
• TOEFL Prep
World Languages • Spanish I, II, & III
• AP Spanish Language and Culture
• AP Spanish Literature and Culture
• Independent Study in other languages
Mathematics • General Math and Pre-Algebra
• Algebra I & II
• Geometry
• Pre-Calculus
• Statistics and AP Statistics
• AP Calculus AB & BC
Science • Earth Science
• Life Science
• Physical Science
• Biology*
• Environmental Science*
• Chemistry*
• Physics*
• AP Physics, Biology, Environmental Science,
*Lab Science courses
Social Studies • Geography
• World History I & II
• World Cultures
• Civics and Economics
• American History
• American Government
• Sociology
• Psychology
• AP US History
• AP World History
• AP U.S. Government & Politics
• Trimester courses
Computer Science • Introduction to Computer Science (Java Script)
• AP Computer Science Principles
• New in 2018-19: AP Computer Science in Java
• New in 2018-19: Intro to Computer Science in Python
Elective & Non-core Courses • Studio Art
• Senior Trimesters:
Personal Finance,
Transitions to College &
Public Speaking
• Junior Trimesters:
Writing Seminar,
SAT Prep
• Grade-level Character
Education classes
Values in Action
• Health & Physical Education
• Fitness & Weight Training

Academic Support Program

Phelps offers a unique Academic Support Program for students with smaller classes for more individualized instruction at all grade levels in English, Reading, Math, Science, History, and Study Skills. Read more.

About Our Post-Graduate Year

Some Phelps students chose to spend the year following their graduation from The Phelps School to gain the valuable skills in maturity and independence necessary to be successful at the post-secondary institution of their choice. Read more.

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn 22 full-year credits in grades nine through twelve. Each year, they take at least one course in each area of English, social studies, math, and science. Subject-area credit requirements (below) can be adjusted in light o findividual student profiles and other considerations.


  • English 4
  • Social Studies 4
  • Mathematics 4
  • Science 4
  • World Language 2
  • Health &Physical Education 2
  • Electives 2
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