The Spence diploma requires four years of Upper School. Students in Grades 9-12 take five or six full-credit homework-bearing courses per semester, plus physical education. In addition, students take required and elective courses in visual arts, performing arts, health education and computer science. The normal course load for seniors is five full-credit homework-bearing courses, plus physical education. Advanced Art Portfolio counts as one of the five courses. In special circumstances, a senior may be granted permission to take a sixth homework-bearing course.
The diploma is awarded to seniors with four years of high school attendance who have met the School’s academic standards and fulfilled the course requirements listed below. To remain eligible for a Spence diploma, a student may choose to attend no more than one foreign or domestic study program during her Upper School years at Spence. In most cases, Spence does not grant diplomas to students who leave the School after junior year.
In order to receive a diploma from The Spence School, Upper School students must successfully complete: