Upper School

The Upper School provides an academic program that is intentionally designed to prepare students, grades 9 – 12 and a small number of post-graduates, for college and beyond. Our Entrepreneurial Diploma program engages students in collaborative projects with local businesses and may have the opportunity to Upper School faculty members teach a broad curriculum where students are encouraged to take academic risks and to learn by doing. A variety of teaching styles include seminar-style classrooms, lectures, discussions, workshops, projects and collaborative learning allows us to meet the students where they are and provide challenge and support. The breadth and depth of our course offerings, including 30 AP® courses and advanced classes in every department allow students to personalize their transcript. Students and faculty build strong relationships through mutual respect and trust – faculty accessibility is a key component to this – every day incorporates time to meet with faculty – as teachers, advisors, and coaches.

Student leadership plays a role in every classroom and we encourage student voice and choice in regards to clubs and activities.

Jonathan Moser '97
Interim Head of the Upper School
At Perkiomen School since 2007

Department Heads

English - Maggie Henderson
History - Greg Martin
Science - Melina Irven
Mathematics - Patrick Kinsella
World Languages - Henryk Hoffmann
Fine & Performing Arts - Sara Shin
Entrepreneur Institute - Shaun Yorgey
English as a Second Language - Sandi Hackett
The Learning Center - Tara McFalls
Athletics - Ken Baker
College Counseling - David Antoniewicz
Library Services - Kate Hammond

Graduation Requirements

English (12 credits)

All students are required to complete four years of English study for graduation.

History (10 credits)

All students are required to complete three and one third years of History study for graduation, including one required year of United States History or AP® United States History. Students traditionally complete Foundations of the Modern World as freshman, Modern World History as sophomores, and either United States History or AP® United States History as juniors. The combination of three History term courses in either their junior or senior year can also satisfy the completion of one year of History study. Students may take Art History or AP® Art History but NOT both. Students are required to complete one term (equal to one credit) of an eligible religion elective for graduation.

Science (9 credits)

All students must complete three years of science for graduation. The science department subscribes to the Physics First model which means that students traditionally complete Physics as freshmen, Chemistry as sophomores and Biology as juniors. Students enrolled in ESL Composition and ESL Literature classes may be required to take ESL-1110 Physics.

Mathematics (9 credits)

All students are required to complete three years of mathematics up through Algebra 2 or the equivalent. The traditional sequence is: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry/Honors Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus/Honors Pre-Calculus, Calculus/AP® Calculus AB, AP® Calculus BC. International students planning to enroll in AP® Statistics must have completed ESL Advanced classes or have the approval of the ESL Program Director.

World Languages (6 credits)

Upper School students are required to take two consecutive years (in Upper School) of the same world language regardless of whether or not they took world language courses in middle school. Three or four years are preferable for college admission. Qualified ESL students who transition into mainstream classes may encouraged to take two to three consecutive years of the same world language.


Fine & Performing Arts (3 credits)

Students are required to complete one year of fine and performing arts study. Band and chorus meet every other day and taken in tandem satisfy the fine and performing arts credit. Two consecutive years of band or chorus also satisfy the fine arts requirement.

Other Courses (11 credits)

Students must supplement the required 49 course credits with 11 additional course credits of their choosing.

Diploma Option for Entrepreneurial Distinction

Upon successful completion of their capstone students that meet all the requirements of the Entrepreneurial Program (see details in section on Entrepreneurial Program) will receive a special Entrepreneurial Distinction on their diploma and their transcript will reflect the course title of Entrepreneurship Program and Capstone with a letter grade of A and six credits.

  1. Foundations of Entrepreneurship: This project-based, year-long course will provide the base for students to succeed in the Entrepreneurial Program. Students will undergo a process of personal reflection as they develop an understanding of what excites and engages them. They will examine how they interact with the world, cooperate and work with others, and lead and manage a process to completion. The course will emphasize specific skills in business development such as marketing, finance, and management
  2. Cross Listed Courses:
    • Fine Arts Department
      • Graphic Design & Marketing
      • Honors Graphic Design & Marketing
      • Additive Manufacturing
      • Music Production
    • History Department
      • AP® Microeconomics
      • AP® Macroeconomics
      • AP® Psychology
    • Math Department
      • Computer Programming
      • Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications
      • AP® Statistics
      • AP® Computer Science Principles
    • Science Department
      • Engineering & Applied Science
      • Biotechnology: Applications of Research
    • English Department
      • Creating the Edge: Entrepreneurship Literature
    • Capstone Project: Students will engage in a significant and rigorous enterprise. The capstone project will be the synthesis of all of the knowledge a student has developed during their education. Capstone projects may be an individual or group enterprises.

Health

Health requirements are completed through the School’s Wellness Curriculum.

Physical Education

Perkiomen School does not offer physical education classes for upper school students. To satisfy the physical education requirement students must participate in after school activities. One trimester must be an interscholastic athletic team. There are several options each trimester.

Community Service

Each year, Upper School students are required to complete six hours of community service.

Typical Student Schedules

Typical Student Schedules for Grades 9-11

Grade 9 Schedule:
  1. English – Foundations of Literature and Composition or ESL English Literature & Composition
  2. Mathematics – Appropriate level: Algebra 1, Advanced Algebra I, Geometry, Honors Geometry Algebra 2, Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry
  3. History – Foundations of the Modern World or ESL World History
  4. Science – Physics or ESL Physics
  5. World Language – Appropriate level. Students enrolled in TLC or ESL may qualify for exception.
  6. *Please note: Some students select a sixth course and typically choose from various Fine and Performing Arts selections or one of the foundational courses for the Entrepreneurship Program.
Grade 10 Schedule:
  1. English – World Literature/ Honors World Literature or ESL English
  2. Mathematics – Appropriate level: Geometry/Honors Geometry, Algebra 2, Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry
  3. History – Modern World History or ESL World History (eligible students may select AP® World History or AP® Human Geography)
  4. Science – Chemistry (eligible students may select to dual enroll in Biology)
  5. World Language – Appropriate level. Students enrolled in TLC or ESL may qualify for exception.
  6. *Please note: Some students select a sixth course and have the option of various Fine and Performing Arts selections or one of the foundational courses for the Entrepreneurship Program or chose to double in science or math. Some students may select to fulfill the religion requirement during one term.
Grade 11 schedule:
  1. English—American Literature or ESL English (eligible students may select AP® English Language and Composition)
  2. Mathematics — Appropriate level (eligible students may select AP® Calculus or AP® Statistics)
  3. History – United States History (eligible students may select AP® United States History or other AP® options if they plan to take US History as a senior)
  4. Science – Biology (eligible students may take AP® sciences and/or other electives)
  5. World Language – Appropriate level. Students enrolled in TLC or ESL may qualify for exception.
  6. *Please note: Some students select a sixth course and have the option of various Fine and Performing Arts selections or one of the cross-listed courses for the Entrepreneurship Program or chose to double in a discipline. Some students may select to fulfill the religion requirement during one term.

Typical Student Schedule for Grade 12 or PG

Grade 12 schedule:
  1. English—Senior Literature and Composition Seminar (eligible students may select AP® English Language and Composition or AP® English or Literature and Composition)
  2. Mathematics— Appropriate level (eligible students may select AP® Calculus AB/BC or AP® Statistics)
  3. History – Electives or US History (eligible students may select AP® United States History or other AP® options if they have taken US History as a junior)
  4. Science –Eligible students may select AP® courses or electives.
  5. World Language – Appropriate level. Students enrolled in TLC or ESL 1/ESL 2 may qualify for exception.
  6. History Elective to fulfill religion requirement (one trimester)
  7. *Please note: Some students select a sixth course and have the option of various Fine and Performing Arts selections or one of the cross-listed courses for the Entrepreneurship Program or chose to double in a discipline. Some students may select to fulfill the religion requirement during one term. The specific course of study for a first year senior or postgraduate will be determined with the Academic Office. Entering seniors and postgraduates should arrive with a solid academic background in order to meet The Perkiomen School requirements for graduation. Seniors and postgraduates are required to pass all of their courses each term. Graduation Requirements A

Additional Information

While these graduation requirements provide the minimum acceptable credits or courses for a Perkiomen diploma, it is essential to know that most colleges expect more than the minimum. Perkiomen, recognizing that colleges expect students in a college preparatory school to graduate with excellent credentials, has the following expectations:

Each student at Perkiomen School carries five core courses. A sixth course may be selected during the course registration process. A seventh course may only be selected with the permission of the Assistant Headmaster for Academic Affairs.

Grades nine, 10, 11, and 12 of a student’s education fully count toward the cumulative average. Students should work consistently throughout upper school to achieve a cumulative average and standardized test scores that will maximize their chances of entrance to a selective college. Students should understand that their grade point average is the sum total of all credits earned while at Perkiomen School during Upper School.

Students and parents should understand that Perkiomen will not make course changes or requests based on teacher preferences.

Cum Laude Society


Perkiomen School is proud to announce that the Cum Laude Society has granted a membership charter to the school. This honor is due to the hard work and scholarly achievement of our students, and the teachers who help them grow into powerful learners. Perkiomen School chapter of the Cum Laude Society will recognize juniors and seniors who have reached the highest levels of academic achievement among their peers. This spring, installation of the new chapter will be marked by a ceremony where charter faculty members and qualifying juniors and seniors will be inducted into the society.

The Cum Laude Society comprises some of the finest independent schools in the United States. In District II members include: Episcopal Academy, Moravian, The Hill School, Mercersburg, Germantown Academy, Peddie, Blair, and Lawrenceville. Membership in Cum Laude is based upon academic achievement and denotes a student and a school with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.

The Cum Laude Society mission recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence (Areté), justice (Diké) and honor (Timé).

Through June 2012, Perkiomen continued to induct students into the Amantes Scientia chapter of the National Honor Society based on academic record and evaluation of their leadership, service and character by a faculty committee. After June 2012, the Amantes Scientia chapter became inactive. Students who were inducted into NHS will remain members regardless of chapter activity. Perkiomen School will continue to honor students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, service and character through the awarding of appropriate prizes. Subsequently, the students with the highest academic achievements will be recognized by induction into the Cum Laude Society.

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