Recognizing that understanding our complex world
often requires synthesis of knowledge from more than
one discipline, EHS offers a number of interdisciplinary
Through such courses as Advanced Global
Energy, Advanced Engineering, African-American
Studies, and Ethics and Aesthetics, juniors and seniors
have the opportunity to sharpen their problem-solving
skills and thoughtfully investigate how information is
integrated into a fuller understanding of a problem,
issue, or concept.
To earn a diploma from EHS, students must earn 23 credits and meet the following requirements:
2 or 3
3 or 3 ½
2 or 3
Four credits are required in English. Students must be
enrolled in English every year at Episcopal and must
pass grammar competency tests in English 1, 2, and
3. Either an Honors or Advanced English course is
offered for levels 2 through 4.
A minimum of three credits is required in mathematics
including successful completion of trigonometry, either
as part of the full-year Algebra 2 with Trigonometry
course or in a one-semester course (Algebra 3 with
Trigonometry). A junior is required to take a full year
of math, and EHS strongly encourages students to
take mathematics every semester they are enrolled.
Students must complete two full years of social
studies, which must include U.S. History and Global
Modern and Classical Languages
Students are required to study one language for three
years and successfully complete at least the second
level in that language. Students who have completed
level two of a language in two years of study are
required to pass the third level. The final credit in
that language must be earned at Episcopal. Students
who complete this requirement in their junior year are
strongly urged to take the next level of that language.
Students are required to earn two credits in laboratory
science, the last of which must be earned at EHS.
Episcopal encourages students to take more than two
credits, as many colleges prefer students to have three
or four science credits.
The Arts Department has a one-credit requirement for
all students entering in the 9th grade. Entering 10th
and 11th graders must earn one-half credit. All 9th
graders, except those taking choir, orchestra, acting,
or survey of dance, must take Introduction to the Arts.
Another one-half credit in the performing or applied
visual arts is required for graduation. Artistically
talented 9th graders may take an additional arts course
in their first year.
Entering 9th and 10th graders must take Biblical
Theology (one-half credit) by the end of their 10th
grade year. During the 12th grade year, seniors select
a semester elective (one-half credit) offered by the
Theology Department to complete the full credit
required. Exceptions may be given for students taking
six yearlong academic courses and orchestra or choir.
Biblical Theology may then be “bumped” to the 11th
grade or first semester of the 12th grade. As seniors,
those students may also take one of the following
courses for theology credit: Ethics and Aesthetics,
Southern Literature and Ethics, or Greek.
Technology 101 is a non-credit course that all new
students must take during the first semester of their
first year at EHS.
Students must earn two physical education credits.
One-third credit is granted for a successful season of
participation in a school-sponsored athletic offering.
Each year there are three seasons (fall, winter, and
spring). Ninth graders are encouraged to participate
in athletics all three seasons.
Health and Wellness
Entering 9th and 10th graders must take Health and
Wellness during the 10th grade. It is a half-year, noncredit,
pass/fail course that meets twice a week.
Episcopal uses the following numerical grading
system to assign grades for examinations, grading
periods, semesters, and transcripts. In order to receive
credit for a course, a student must receive a course-end
grade of 65 or better and, in the case of a yearlong
course, must earn a 65 or better for the second semester.
Four times a year, parents receive a grade report
electronically via a password-protected online gradebook
called NetClassroom. In addition to grades, the
report includes teachers’ written comments about
the student’s performance and attitude. Students are
assigned to study hall each quarter based on their
grade point average.
As a matter of school policy, Episcopal does not
rank students within the grade levels. A student’s
yearly average of all courses is weighted by adding
one point for each Advanced or Honors course taken.
NetClassroom allows parents to view their child’s
academic schedule, historical grades, conduct
information, and current report card online through our website.
Recognizing Outstanding Academic Achievement
Four times a year EHS recognizes students whose
grade point average is 90 or higher by naming
them to the School’s academic honor roll, the High
List. Students who maintain a High List average
throughout the year receive special recognition at
Commencement. Episcopal also participates in the
Cum Laude Society, a national honor society that
recognizes students for their outstanding academic
performance. In addition, EHS presents more than 90
awards during the school year to recognize students
for their individual achievements in academics, arts,
The Episcopal High School diploma is unique. Signed
by every member of the faculty, it is awarded to the
graduate for successfully completing the Episcopal
To receive a diploma, students must be in
good standing academically and must have met the
requirements of the EHS community. The Episcopal
diploma is widely recognized among leading colleges
and universities as a symbol of superior preparation