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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 2018-2019 School Year:

Graduation Requirements

Total credits required for graduation are 24, and with the exception of Algebra 1 and World 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:


4 credits - 1 full credit course per year in grades 9-12

Fine Arts

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.

World Language

3 credits - Levels 1, 2 and 3 in one language are taken consecutively.


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)

Physical Education

2 credits - One PE Upper School course is required in each of the four Upper School years. The Women's Bodies, Women's Minds (Health) course is required with completion by the end of the 10th grade.


3 credits - Biology in Grade 9, Chemistry in grade 10, and Physics in grade 11 or 12 are required.

Social Studies

3.5 credits - World Cultures in grade 9, European History in grade 10, U. S. History in grade 11, and American Government in Grade 12 are required. AP US History may substitute for US History in grade 11.


1.5 credits

Independent Project

Completion of the Independent Project by the first week of April in the Junior year is required for graduation.

Women's and Gender Studies (Begin with Class of 2020)

2 Credits - It's a Woman's World and Women's Bodies, Women's Minds (Health), Perspectives in Women's History in 9th and/or 10th grade, one elective in 10-12th grade.