Upper School Electives: Voice and Choice

Upper School Electives: Voice and Choice

In the Upper School, we believe that voice and choice in course selection engenders deep student engagement while ensuring that, no matter which elective option they choose in a given discipline, students are thoroughly prepared for the rigor of college academics upon graduation. 

One of the crown jewels of the Friends School curriculum, the 11th and 12th-grade English Elective program provides students with a rich, wide-ranging buffet of semester-long options from which to choose.  After two years of common coursework in grades 9 and 10, during which students strengthen their foundation of essential skills in English, they are invited to chart their own unique path through the final two years of English study.  The menu of classes, developed by our English faculty, based on their areas of literary and intellectual passion, offer something for everyone.  Poetry buff? Shakespeare fan? Science fiction lover? Budding journalist?  We’ve got a class for you.  Interested in exploring the intersection of literature and philosophy?  Wanting to read and discuss works by Baldwin and Morrison? Hoping to hone your creative writing skills?  We offer coursework tailored to your interests.  This personalized approach promotes a level of engagement that brings out the best in our students, enhancing their learning and ensuring readiness for the challenges of college-level coursework.