The Upper School at Perk offers students in grades nine through twelve a rich college preparatory curriculum. World language study includes Spanish, Latin, German and Chinese. Students may also select from a variety of electives such as Astronomy, Ceramics and Sculpture, Ethics, Environmental Topics, Introduction to Acting, Multicultural America and Philosophy.
Perk’s academic program provides ample challenge for even the best students. One such highlight is the Senior Seminar, a small interactive class focusing on independent research and culminating in a digital senior thesis. Nine honors courses and 28 advanced placement courses are offered. Perk students have a strong record of earning high scores on the AP exams, on average 70% earn a score of 3 or higher. Last year twelve students were honored as AP Scholars.
The Upper School curriculum prepares students for challenging college programs. Each student carries five major courses and any required minor courses, such as Health. A sixth major course may be elected with the permission of the Head of the Upper School. Senior year students must attend all classes on campus. In order to graduate and earn a diploma, students must accumulate a minimum of 60 academic credits.
Extracurricular clubs, community service, arts and athletics round out the program.
The 28 AP courses now available include:
Computer Science A
U.S. Government and Politics
Physics C Electricity and Magnetism
Physics C Magnetism
Studio Art [drawing and 2-dimensional (studio or photography)]