Curriculum & Departments

Learn By Making Connections

Episcopal High School is a community where close connections between student and teacher flourish within the curriculum. Students join the faculty in pursuing questions, not simply answers; in discovering ideas, not merely facts; and in appreciating the journey, not solely the destination.

Our Aim For Your Education

Episcopal aspires to graduate young men and women of integrity who will achieve their goals, serve the world, and persevere in the challenges of heart and mind. In small classes, we gather to conquer questions and dissect potential solutions. We engage in close conversations where anyone's idea can be voiced and everyone's voice will be heard. We explore a wide curriculum that evolves and adapts as the world shifts. Together, we pursue knowledge and develop the skills we need to make the best use of it. Along the way, we make each other better.

Episcopal's academic program offers students myriad opportunities and challenges in a supportive environment in which they love what they're doing. They explore and create, experiment and analyze, and thereby develop a resilience as well as the creative and critical thinking skills essential to navigating successfully through and leading in a highly complex and connected world.

Our Academic Philosophy

Episcopal High School’s course of study reflects a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, and a dedication to prepare students for college and for life.

EHS guides young people in pursuing excellence within a caring and supportive community. The seven-period academic day allows ample time for an elective and study period. Students must earn at least 23 credits in four years to graduate, including credits for afternoon programs. EHS also offers more than 40 Honors and Advanced courses in English, math, social studies, science, languages, and many electives, including interdisciplinary studies.

When awarded an Episcopal High School diploma, a student has not only met the prescribed academic requirements but has also striven to establish high standards of honesty, integrity, and behavior. The following represent the minimum academic requirements necessary for earning a diploma:
  • English 4 credits
  • Mathematics 3 credits
  • Social Studies 2 credits
  • Foreign Language 3 credits
  • Science 2 credits
  • Fine Arts 1 credit
  • Theology 1 credit
  • Physical Education 2 credits
One credit is awarded for successful completion of a yearlong course and one-half credit is awarded for a semester course. A student must earn a minimum of 23 credits and undertake an average of six credits in each school year. One of the six credits is earned in the afternoon program.

This and more information can be found in the EHS Student Handbook.

Typical Courseload By Year

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  • Freshman Year

    Fundamentals of Literature & Composition
    Modern or Classical Language
    Physics or Conceptual Physics
    Case Studies in World History
    Arts elective (1 semester or full year)
  • Sophomore Year

    English: Genre Studies
    Modern or Classical Language
    Modern World History or Honors Modern World History
    Chemistry Fundamentals or Honors Chemistry
    Biblical Theology (1 semester)
    Health and Wellness Course* (1 semester)

    *All sophomores are required to take a one-semester, noncredit, pass/fail health course.
  • Junior Year

    English electives or American Studies
    Modern or Classical Language
    U.S. History, Advanced U.S. History, or American Studies
    Biology or Advanced Biology
  • Senior Year

    English electives
    Modern or Classical Language
    Science or Elective
    Social Studies or Elective
    Theology (1 semester)
    Art (1 semester)