Buckley’s Upper School curriculum does more than prepare students for success at the college level; it helps them develop into independent, creative thinkers who will positively influence the world around them.

A rigorous curriculum ensures that every student acquires the knowledge that our expert faculty considers crucial to a comprehensive liberal arts education and college preparation. In addition, students compete on high school athletic teams or participate in physical education classes each trimester until the final term of their senior year; they take a minimum of two visual or performing arts classes; and they participate in ethical education programs through advisory sessions, speaker series, and student-led sketches and discussions.

Our school culture encourages the pursuit of new ideas and personal goals. Students who reach beyond their requirements and tackle additional academic challenges — whether through electives or AP courses — are the norm, not the exception.

Course Catalog

The Buckley School Middle and Upper School Course Catalog (Grades 6–12) provides detailed course descriptions, elective courses, typical schedules, special/honors programs, and summer school options.

Subject Areas

The subject areas and classes available during the Upper School years are listed below. Students with special requirements (such as advanced training or previous skills) may make changes after consultation with their advisor and approval from their academic dean.

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  • Computer Science

    The Upper School computer science program prepares students to be fluent in multiple platforms and software programs. Students learn practical and creative applications of technology, as well as logic and problem-solving skills through computer programming. Buckley students are required to take one year of computer science and can pursue more in-depth study.

    Courses include:
    CS212: Introduction to Programming (Grades 9-12)
    CS283: Mobile Application Development (Grades 9-12)
    CS103: Video Game Creation (Grades 9-12)
    CS9-3: Advanced Placement Computer Science A (Grades 9-12)
  • Drama and Dance

    Upper School offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of dance. Classes require a one-year commitment, and enrollment is based on auditions and past performance. Students develop their technical skills, physical awareness, and choreography in a variety of dance styles as well as improvisation. In the second semester, students perform in the annual Spring Dance Festival.

    Courses include:
    PA410: Beginning Dance (Grades 9-12)
    PA420: Intermediate Dance (Grades 9-12)
    PA430: Advanced Dance (Grades 9-12)
    PA164: Upper School Boys Hip-Hop (Grades 9-12)
    PA091: Theatre I (Grades 9-12)
    PA102: Theatre I (Grades 10-12)
    PA124: Theatre III: Performance Lab (Grades 11-12)
    PA125: Theatrical Design and Production (Grades (9-12)
    PA126: Upper School Improvisation Workshop and Performance (Grades 9-12)
    PA120: Upper School Playwriting (Grades 9-12)
  • English

    The English department provides thorough training in the thoughtful and efficient use of language and the development of analytical skills needed for a critical appreciation of literature. English courses require intensive reading, writing, and critical thinking. The department fosters a love of reading in students and the ability to write clearly, accurately, and persuasively. Honors and/or Advanced Placement courses are offered based on approval and performance.

    Courses include:
    EG091: English I or EG092 English Honors: Foundations of Critical Reading and Composition (Grade 9)
    EG101: English II or EG102: English II Honors: Studies in British Literature (Grade 10)
    EG111: English III: Studies in American Literature (Grade 11)
    EG902: Advanced Placement Language and Composition (Grade 11)
    EG912: English IV: Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (Grade 12)
    English IV: Senior English Selectives (Grade 12)
    EG905: English IV: Crime in Society through Detective Fiction
    EG906: English IV: Modern and Contemporary Poetry 
    EG908: English IV: Science Fiction
    EG909: English IV: Sport, Competition, and Culture: Contemporary Literature of Sport
    EG901: English IV: Literature of Childhood
    EG421: Beginning Journalism (Grades 9-12; elective)
    EG422: Advanced Journalism (Grades 10-12; elective)
    EG601: Creative Writing (Grades 9-12; elective)
    EG431: Yearbook (Grades 9-12; elective)
  • Mathematics

    The goal of the math department is to instill in students an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and to provide a solid foundation in the various fields of mathematics. Students have the opportunity to practice for standardized exams and can participate in Math Club. Honors, Advanced, and Regular Sequences are offered. Please see the Course Catalog for prerequisites. 

    Courses include:
    MA085: Algebra I
    MA091: Geometry/MA092: Geometry Honors
    MA103: Algebra II/MA106: Algebra II Advanced/MA102: Algebra Honors

    MA136: Math Analysis 
    MA133: Pre-Calculus and MA132: Pre-Calculus Honors
    MA159: Calculus 
    MA901: Advanced Placement Calculus AB 
    MA902: Advanced Placement Calculus BC
    MA114: Aerospace Engineering 
    MA121: Topics in Mathematic
    MA912: Advanced Placement Statistics
    MA135: Multivariable Calculus
     
    The Math Lab provides support for students in mathematics from teachers and volunteer students. Students are given formal instruction on the use of calculators, including graphic calculators used for college entrance exams.
  • Music

    The Music department offers courses in vocal and instrumental music, music composition, music technology and production, and experiential classes on music appreciation, active listening, and music history. Students have extensive opportunities to perform, write, score, and produce music and to participate in Jazz Band, Upper School Advanced Strings, and various chamber and small-group performances.

    Courses include:
    PA231 Chamber Orchestra and PA233: Advanced Chamber Orchestra (Grades 9-12)
    PA211: Concert Band and PA214: Advanced Concert Band (Grades 9-12)
    PA251: Concert Choir and PA255: Advanced Concert Choir (Grades 9-12)
    PA215 and PA 216: Music Composition, Production, and Technology I, II (Grades 9-12)
    PA504: Advanced Placement Music Theory (Grades 9-12)
  • Physical Education

    Upper School students enroll in physical education (PE) program or participate on an athletic team until they complete eight trimesters of PE. Classes and activities emphasize fitness, strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, coordination, and balance, as well as diet and nutrition. Interscholastic sports and pre-season athletic training are offered.
     
    Each trimester consists of different athletic offerings. Our physical education and athletics programs are designed to give students a successful experience. 

    Fall sports include:
    Girls/Boys Cross Country
    Girls Volleyball
    Co-ed Equestrian
    Girls Tennis
    Girls Golf
    Spirit Team

    Winter sports include:
    Girls Basketball
    Girls Soccer
    Boys Soccer
    Boys Basketball
    Co-ed Equestrian
    Spirit Team
    Wrestling

    Spring sports include:
    Girls Softball
    Girls/Boys Swimming
    Boys Tennis
    Boys Baseball
    Boys’Golf
    Co-ed Equestrian
  • Science

    The science department develops students’ scientific literacy through hands-on learning, experimentation, and mastery of science curriculum in the areas of biology, physics, and chemistry. The science program emphasizes basic concepts, how new knowledge is discovered and validated, the scientific process, and the influence of science on society. Please see the Course Catalog for prerequisites. 

    Courses include:
    SC101: Biology (Grade 9)
    SC105: Biology Honors (Grade 10) 
    SC121: Chemistry (Grade 10) 
    SC123: Chemistry Honors (Grade 10)
    SC111: Conceptual Physics (Grade 10)
    SC915: Advanced Placement Physics I (Grade 11)
    SC916: Advanced Placement Physics II (Grades 11-12)
    SC115: Applied Science (Grades 10-12; non-AP elective)
    SC131: Astronomy (Grades 11-12; non-AP elective);
    SC152: Brain and Behavior
    (Grades 11-12; non-AP elective);
    SC913: Molecular Genetics (Grades 11-12; non-AP elective)
    SC142: Robotics (Grades 9-12; non-AP elective)
    SC901: Advanced Placement Biology (AP elective);
    SC906: Advanced Placement Chemistry (AP elective)
    SC941: Advanced Placement Environmental Science (AP elective)
    SC910: Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism (AP elective)
  • Social Sciences

    The Buckley department of social sciences curriculum is designed to impart a global and historical understanding of humanity to our students to equip them to engage thoughtfully in an ever-changing and complex world. Emphasis is placed on primary sources, taking historical interpretations into account. Please see the Course Catalog for prerequisites. 

    Courses include:
    SS091: Ancient World History (Grade 9)
    SS101: Modern World History (Grade 10)
    SS904: Advanced Placement European History (Grades 10-12)
    SS111: United States History (Grade 11)
    SS905: Advanced Placement United States History (Grade 11)
    SS193: Advanced Placement Art History (Grades 11-12; senior elective)
    SS901: Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics (Grade 12; senior elective) 
    SS083: History IV: Complicated Family: The American Plantation, Feminism, and the Antebellum Social Construct (Grades 11-12; elective/senior elective)
    SS302: History IV: Economics (Grades 11-12; elective/senior elective)
    SS082: History IV: Latin American History (Grades 11-12; elective/senior elective)
    SS127: History IV: Constitution and Society (Grades 11-12; senior elective) 
    SS154: Social Justice (Grades 10-12; elective)
    SS193: Advanced Placement Art History (Grades 11-12; elective)
    SS901: Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics (Grade 12; elective)
  • Visual Arts

    In Buckley visual arts classes, students are encouraged to explore individual, creative approaches to their art and to develop technical skills with a variety of media. The study of art history and modern concepts provide students with a cultural context of art. Class work includes studio time and may include field trips to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios. Please see the Course Catalog for prerequisites. Please see the Course Catalog for prerequisites. 

    Courses include:
    FA097: Drawing and Painting I (Grades 9-12)
    FA098: Drawing and Painting II (Grades 9-12)
    FA202: Ceramics I (Grades 9-12)
    FA203: Ceramics II (Grades 9-12)
    FA204: Metal I (Grades 9-12)
    FA205: Metal II (Grades 9-12);
    FA206: Graphic Design I (Grades 9-12)
    FA207: Graphic Design II (Grades 9-12)
    FA099: Sculpture I (Grades 9-12)
    FA100: Sculpture II (Grades 9-12)
    FA208: Photography I (Grades 9-12)
    FA209: Photography II (Grades 9-12)
    FA210: Video Production I (Grades 9-12)
    FA176: Video Production II (Grades 9-12)
    FA173: Video Production III (Grades 11-12)
    FA175: Film Studies (Grades 9-12)
    FA906: Advanced Studio Art (Grades 11-12)
    FA905: AP Studio Art: Drawing (Grades 10-12)
    FA903: AP Studio Art: 2D Design (Grades 10-12)
    FA904: AP Studio Art: 3D Design (Grades 10-12)
    SS193: Advanced Placement Art History (Grades 11-12)
  • World Languages

    The world languages curriculum is designed to develop students’ proficiency in the four primary skills of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each language course — Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish — is taught in the target language and guided by the National Standards for World Language learning. Students are placed based on their ability, experience, and/or placement testing. Honors and Advanced Placement are by invitation. Please see the Course Catalog for prerequisites. 

    Courses include:
    FL078: Chinese II (Grades 9-12)
    FL079: Chinese III (Grades 10-12)
    FL080: Chinese IV Honors (Grades 11-12)
    FL081: Chinese V: Journey to the East (Grades 11-12)
    FL077: AP Chinese (Grades 11-12)
    FL301: French II (Grades 9-12);
    FL311: French III (Grades 10-12)
    FL321: French IV Honors (Grades 10-12)
    FL331: French V: Cinema (Grades 10-12) 
    FL340: French V: Food and Culture (Grades 10-12)
    FL920: Advanced Placement French Language and Culture (Grades 11-12)
    FL401: Latin II (Grades 9-12)
    FL411: Latin III (Grades 10-12)
    FL422: Latin IV Honors (Grades 11-12)
    FL524: Latin V: Enemies of Rome (Grades 11-12)
    FL909: Advanced Placement Latin (Grades 11-12)
    FL091: Spanish I (Grades 9-12)
    FL101: Spanish II (Grades 9-12)
    FL111: Spanish III (Grades 10-12) 
    FL113: Spanish III Honors (Grades 10-12)
    FL121: Spanish IV Honors (Grades 10-12) 
    FL222: Spanish V: Spanish without Borders (Grades 11-12)
    FL910: Spanish V: Cinema: (Grades 11-12)
    FL911: Advanced Placement Spanish Language (Grades 10-12)
  • Special Programs

    Advanced Placement Program
    Honors Classes
    Human Development 
    (Grade 9)
    Outdoor Education
    Research and Library Skills
    Community Service Programs
  • Extracurricular

    Drama and Dance productions
    Honor Society
    Interscholastic Athletics
    Math-Science Competitions/Teams
    Musical performances
    Student Government
    The Buckley Jazz Band
    The Buckley Monotones (Grades 9-12)
    The Buckley Upper School Advanced Strings
    The Student Voice (student newspaper/Advanced Journalism class)
    Yearbook

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