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|Riverdale’s Upper School curriculum is a coherent, carefully articulated sequence for grades 9 through 12 that entails close coordination with the Middle School program. Prior to 2005, grades 7 and 8 were part of the Upper School, and a tradition of crossover teaching between middle and upper school grades remains in place. Academic departments unite Middle and Upper School teachers. These dual-division academic departments meet with their Lower School counterparts for periodic reviews to ensure that skills and content in all areas are presented consistently and in incremental and developmentally appropriate steps across the divisional boundaries. |
In grade 9, students begin working toward completion of graduation requirements in the five principal academic areas, as well as arts, physical education, health, and technology.
Having satisfied most of their departmental requirements by the middle or end of their junior year, students are free to choose from an array of advanced courses and many topical electives while they complete their requirements with two interdisciplinary humanities courses: the American Studies course, Constructing America, in junior year, and the Integrated Liberal Studies course in Western culture in senior year.
Course of Study 2012-2013