Students are required to take a formal English class each year at Darlington. The four units of English consist of English 1-4. Students may be enrolled in the regular or Honors section in ninth and tenth grade, and Advanced Placement English may be substituted for English 3 in the junior year and for English 4 in the senior year. Seniors choose one of several electives by semester classes to fulfill the English 4 requirements. All classes will be year-long, and will have a similar grading scale, reading load, and writing requirement.
Students are required to take four mathematics courses in high school. The required units include Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry and another course beyond Geometry. If the Algebra 1 requirement is met in middle school, then two courses beyond Geometry are required. Students without a course beyond Algebra 2 will not be eligible to receive a HOPE Scholarship.
The last math course of a student’s high school career must be taken at Darlington.
Students are required to take three science courses in high school, one of which must be Chemistry, Physics, or Biology. At least one unit of science must be completed at Darlington. Physical Science taken in the 8th grade will be counted as a high school credit, but does not count among the three required science classes in high school. Physical Science in 8th grade does not take the place of the required Physics class as a freshman. All students are strongly advised to take at least four science courses in high school. If a student plans to enter the University System of Georgia, four years of high school science, including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, are required.
Students are required to take two courses in world history and one course in American history to fulfill the required social studies units. Students are encouraged to take additional electives within the history department.
Three consecutive units in a world language are required for graduation, with the exemptions specified in the Graduation and Honors Requirements section of this curriculum guide.
Passing the equivalent of the first or second level of world language in grade 8 satisfies the first unit of this requirement. The subsequent two units must be completed in Upper School. All students are encouraged to pursue more units in order to become more proficient and to have greater college options.
Students are encouraged to explore the various fine arts offerings and must complete one unit for graduation. Course offerings are available in visual art from beginning to advanced instruction, multimedia, graphic art, and art history. Performing arts choices include choral and instrumental music and theater.
Every freshman is required to take a full year of Health and P.E. combined.
The new schedule was specifically designed to create a time for students and faculty to take intellectual risks, without the pressure of grades. Every Upper School student will participate in a variety of I Period initiatives throughout the school year. I Periods will push students and faculty to explore subjects that they are passionate about in creative ways. An example of an I Period might be engaging in a student-led entrepreneurial venture between students at Emory University and Darlington through video sessions.