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.
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 Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Chemistry Chinese Language Computer Science Engineering II English 3: American Literature English 4: British Literature 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 Macroeconomics Microeconomics Multivariable/Vector Calculus Music Recording Music Theory Physics 1 Physics C Spanish Language Spanish Literature Statistics Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio Studio Art: 3-D Design Portfolio Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio United States Government United States History
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 include:
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.
Rick Stubbs, Mathematics Teacher
It is the fact that there are so many students at EHS who strive for a bit more that makes teaching here such a pleasure. 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.