Upper School

At Bishop's, the curriculum is designed to train students to think critically, to speak and write clearly and powerfully, and to bring their growing knowledge and skills to bear on problem solving across all disciplines. Bishop's students benefit from a structured educational experience that combines the best classical college preparatory curriculum with the most modern educational technology and methods. It is the philosophy of Bishop's Upper School that a disciplined study of academic coursework within a stimulating community of scholars is an excellent preparation for college and responsible participation in the adult world. Bishop's small class size allows students and teachers to engage in exciting and free-ranging discussions inspired by great voices and ideas of history, literature, languages, science, mathematics and the arts.

While students come to Bishop's to prepare to attend the best colleges and universities in the country, we do not define the scope of our academic program so narrowly that no room is left for larger, more important goals. It is our belief that a Bishop's education will prepare a young person for the totality of his or her life. In addition to college preparatory and accelerated course work, Bishop's offers Advanced Placement courses in 20 subjects that may lead to college credit and/or placing out of various college courses.

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 
    Students who took Hebrew or Christian Scriptures prior to the fall of 2014 may still use that class to satisfy the introductory scripture requirement.
  • 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
THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL     7607 La Jolla Boulevard     La Jolla, CA 92037     (858) 459-4021
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.