The goal of the curriculum is the education of the individual student in preparation for success in college. To this end the school promotes an active advisory program to encourage, aid, and guide the student in recognizing and fulfilling his or her unique potential. The school emphasizes the importance of introducing the individual student to a broad range of studies in preparation for success in college.

College-prep curriculum, person to person
Our Upper School provides a rigorous and comprehensive college-prep curriculum on a personal scale. The curriculum fosters the acquisition of the verbal, quantitative, and aesthetic skills necessary for a meaningful intellectual life through the reading and writing of English and world languages; the study of mathematics, the physical sciences, and fine arts; and the development of physical skills vital for health and recreation. The curriculum encourages the creative exploration of cultural ideas with an understanding of their genesis and development.

Roycemore believes that a well-rounded high school experience, in which adolescents engage in a number of activities of interest to them, leads to increased independence and personal responsibility. Pursuing a relevant, challenging course of study not only prepares students for college, but enhances their current and future quality of life

Courses offered may include those below; not all are offered every year. Click here to view the complete current Upper School curriculum guide, including course descriptions and requirements.


  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition
  • African American Literature
  • American Literature
  • Comedy/Tragedy
  • Foundations of English
  • The Hero's Journey
  • Mythology & Epics
  • Romantic Impulse
  • Story & Structure
  • World Literature

Fine Arts

  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
  • AP Studio Art: 3-D Design
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Drawing & Painting II
  • Music Theory & Composition
  • Improvisation & Acting Techniques
  • Music History
  • Piano
  • Pottery
  • Pottery II
  • Sculpture
  • Sculpture II
  • Vocal Technique & Chorus

World Languages

  • French I-IV
  • AP French Language & Culture
  • Mandarin I & II
  • Spanish I-IV
  • AP Spanish Language & Culture


  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II with Coordinate Geometry & Trig
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Statistics
  • Applied Geometry
  • Euclidean Geometry
  • Intro to Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Statistics


  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Physics II
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Physics

Social Studies

  • AP European History
  • AP US History
  • Contemporary Politics
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Government & Politics
  • Human Development
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Modern European History
  • US History
  • World History
  • World Religions

Electives & other coursework may include:

  • Independent Study
  • January Short Term
  • Physical Education/Health
  • SAT Prep
  • Service Learning