La Pietra combines a strong college-preparatory curriculum with small classes, which assures that attention is given to individual needs in an atmosphere of mutual endeavor and inquiry. La Pietra maintains an 7:1 student to teacher ratio with an average class size of 10 to 15 students. All departments offer electives and students may earn college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which are offered in both online and face-to-face formats.
Academic Information for the 2016-2017 School Year:
Total credits required for graduation are 24, and with the exception of Algebra 1 and Foreign Language Level 1 courses taken in 8th grade, credits are counted from 9th-12th grade. In addition to total credits needed, the following course requirements must be satisfied:
- Fine Arts
- World Language
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
- Independent Project
- Women's and Gender Studies (Begin with Class of 2020)
2 credits - One credit must be earned by completing two of the following courses: Intro to Visual Art, Intro to Theatre, or Intro to Voice. Once completed, students identify which of the three tracks they wish to follow to complete their second credit. If the area of concentration is Visual Art, Art History must be taken in 11th or 12th grade.
3 credits - Algebra 1, Geometry, and either Algebra 2 and Trigonometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry are required. Students taking Algebra 2 are encouraged to take a 1/2 credit Trigonometry class in either 11th or 12th grade to be best prepared for the SAT.For classes, there are two tracks for math, either:
- 1 credit of Algebra 2 and 1/2 credit of Trigonometry OR
- 1 credit of Algebra 2/Trigonometry (this is the accelerated course)