By Upper School, the HRA curriculum becomes increasingly more diverse at each grade level. HRA students have a core college-preparatory curriculum, enhanced by 17 Advanced Placement courses* that serve to set the standard of excellence required in the top courses within each department. Many departments also designate some of their more rigorous courses as Honors** level. A typical HRA student graduates with a combination of core, Honors and AP classes that also allows room for exposure to several of our outstanding elective courses, both in the arts area and in other academic disciplines.
In grades 9-12, students must earn a minimum of 21.5 academic credits. Graduation requirements provide a critical balance of work in each of the essential academic areas, including English, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Science, Math, Visual and Performing Arts, and Physical Education. Most students exceed the minimum in each of these areas. Credit is granted for Algebra, Foreign Language, PE and the arts completed in the Middle School.
Our standardized test scores, including the AP and SAT, consistently place HRA among the country’s top independent schools. Our college placement record includes admission to the nation’s most prestigious and competitive colleges and universities, and our college counseling team works with every student to ensure that his or her college choice will be a good match for that individual.
*Advanced placement courses include: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Calculus BC, Statistics, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History, World History, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, Art History, Studio Art Drawing, Studio Art 2D Design, French, Latin and Spanish. All students who take an advanced placement course will sit for the AP exam in May. In a typical year, 95 percent of our students will graduate with at least one AP course.
**Honors courses are offered in Chemistry, Physics, French, Latin, Spanish, Algebra II/Trigonometry and Introduction to Calculus.