Upper School

Academic Course Requirements

List of 7 items.

  • English

    • Four years
    • Students must always be enrolled in English
  • Health

    • One semester
    • Taken in ninth grade
  • History and Social Sciences

    • Two years
    • One year of world history
    • One year of U.S. history
  • Math

    • Three years and at least through completion of Math 5
  • Religion and Ethics

    • One year
    • One semester of Introduction to Biblical Literature taken before the beginning of junior year
    • One other semester course from the Religion and Ethics Department 

  • Science

    • Three years
    • Physics or conceptual physics in ninth grade
    • Two lab sciences (chemistry and biology) in grades 10 through 12.
  • World Languages

    • Through Level 3 in one language with a minimum of two years taken in grades 9 through 12

Non-Academic Requirements

List of 2 items.

  • Fine Arts

    • One year of visual or performing arts (may be two)
    • One-semester courses or a year-long course
    • Advanced Placement Art History satisfies one semester of Bishop’s fine arts credit
  • Physical Education

    • Two trimesters per year

Elective Requirements

List of 5 items.

  • Summary

    • 16 semesters selected from any of the departments listed below
    • Electives may be academic or non-academic
  • Academic Electives

    All courses in:
    • English
    • World languages
    • History and social sciences
    • Math
    • Science
    • Religion
    • Computer science
  • Body Electives

    • Associated Student Council
    • Peer support
  • Independent Electives

    • Journalism
    • Yearbook
    • Senior capstone project
    • Teaching apprenticeship
  • Non-Academic Electives

    • All visual and performing arts courses
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The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.