Advanced, Honors & Independent Study

Honors & Advanced Courses

For those students seeking additional academic challenges, EHS offers more than 40 Honors or Advanced courses. These courses are offered to students who have met specific departmental criteria for excellence, including test scores and grades in prior courses. Honors and Advanced classes are available in required courses such as English, math, social studies, science, and foreign languages, as well as in many electives. Last year, approximately 85% of students taking AP exams achieved a score of three or better.

Current Offerings

The following Advanced courses are offered to students who have met specific departmental criteria for excellence, including test scores and grades in prior courses:

Art History
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chinese Language
Computer Science
Engineering II
Environmental Science
French Language
German Language
Global Energy
Human Geography
Topics in Latin: Caesar and Vergil
Topics in Latin I : Rare Books
Topics in Latin II: Rare Books
Linear Algebra
Topics in Applied Mathematics 2
Multivariable/Vector Calculus
Music Recording
Music Theory
Physics 1 
Physics C
Spanish Language
Spanish Literature
Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio
Studio Art: 3-D Design Portfolio
Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio
United States Government
United States History

Rick Stubbs, Math Teacher

Each day the students arrive in class with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose - and a sense of humor! I work with teachers who recognize that we teach students more than we teach math, and we work closely together to best serve our students. It is the joy of working with young people with this kind of spirit that keeps me looking forward to the start of the school year each September.

Independent Study

For those students who would like to pursue academic work in unusual depth, Episcopal offers the opportunity for independent study. Students, along with a faculty mentor and the assistant head for academics, can develop a course that covers any topic that the student would like to further explore. This will supplement regular course work and is usually a semester-long endeavor which is graded and for which the student earns credit. In the past, students have delved into their areas of interest by taking advanced language courses, examining historical people and places, and in-depth studies of theater, literature, or theology.

A few recent examples of independent study course include:
  • Number Theory
  • Discrete Math
  • Operating Systems Design
  • Hermann Hesse: Life and Works
  • Advanced Chinese Writing
  • A German Literature Survey
  • The Role of Art in Religion
  • Participation in the Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship Program
All independent study projects will be in addition to the student’s regular course work and must be approved by the assistant head for academics. The independent study, which is usually a semester-long endeavor, is graded and students can earn one half credit that is factored into their overall grade point average.

Global Online Academy

Episcopal High School partners with  Global Online Academy (GOA), a not-for-profit consortium of leading independent schools from around the world. GOA offers EHS students the opportunity to learn alongside peers from around the world and to test their passions in ways typically unavailable on a single campus.

The mission of Global Online Academy is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society, deepening learning through courses that equip students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be successful in high school, college, career, and life.

With Global Online Academy, teachers and students can share their voice on a global stage, improving learning and enabling the pursuit of individual passions.

There are currently more than 85 independent schools in the GOA consortium from all aroud the world, representing more than 15 countries and 25 states. All GOA courses are developed and taught by teachers who are currently teaching at a GOA member school.

Episcopal juniors and seniors may take GOA courses as electives for course credits. GOA course workload and course intensity is equivalent to courses taken on our campus. Unlike many online courses, students are not passive receptors of prerecorded lectures from their teachers. Instead, students collaborate on challenging and interesting projects with students from around the world. They are also expected to manage their workload and time effectively to support the asynchronous nature of the courses.

For GOA guidelines and to apply online, please log in to the EHS student portal. For more information, contact GOA Site Director Nate Ebel at

GOA Site Director

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    Nate Ebel 

    Assistant Head for Academics


Arabic: Language Through Culture I, II
Japanese: Language Through Culture I, II, III


Number Theory
Introduction to Investments
Social Psychology
Positive Psychology
Computer Science I, II
Creative Nonfiction Writing
iOS App Design
Game Theory
Applying Philosophy to Global Issues
Medical Problem Solving I, II
Linear Algebra
Business Problem Solving


Applying Philosophy to Modern Global Issues
Abnormal Psychology
Comparative Politics
Digital Journalism II
Game Theory
Gender Studies
Genocide and Human Rights
Introduction to Psychology
iOS App Design
Medical Problem Solving I, II
Organic Chemistry