Upper School

The upper school theatre program has a three-fold mission:

Advanced students with career interest in performance are given the tools necessary for further study in a conservatory program at the college level. Interested students should look at the Acting Workshop or Advanced Theatre Production course description for more information on this part of the program. A variety of semester classes give all students the opportunity for creative explorations in theatre. Auditions and rehearsals for our main stage season are open to the entire upper school. 
Smaller productions, with greater flexibility in schedule demands, are often part of our season as well, allowing even busy students the chance to experience theatre. Bishop’s is part of the National Comedy Sports High School Improvisation League; any interested student with time to rehearse for 45 minutes a week can join the Improvisation Team.

Our third mission is to provide our School audience with a wide range of theatrical experiences. Over a four-year cycle, our balanced season includes: two musicals, two Shakespearean productions, comedy sports and a variety of plays ranging from classic to contemporary, comedy to drama, standard repertoire to new plays premiering at our School. Performances happen both in the evening and during the school day as part of the all-school enrichment program. 

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.