Upper School Academics

Boston Trinity Academy provides Uppers School students with a rigorous and well-rounded college preparatory education, grounded in the liberal arts tradition.

Our passionate and highly qualified faculty challenges students not only to gain a body of knowledge but also to deeply explore standards of truth, beauty, and wisdom in a curriculum that integrates faith and learning. From their 9th grade Humanities class to their 12th grade Senior Symposium project, Upper School students learn to transform their questions into real and creative contributions of their own, and so discover a vision for their lives.

We expect all of our graduates to attend four-year colleges and we prepare them for success when they get there. Every student takes at least three of the thirteen AP (Advanced Placement) courses we offer. Our College Counselor is available to students starting in the 9th grade, and throughout 11th and 12th grade all students participate in a comprehensive college counseling program.


Course of Study

Students of Boston Trinity Academy complete a rigorous course of study that includes four years of English and History and a minimum of three years of Science, Mathematics, and World Language. In addition, all students take a half-year Biblical Studies class, and must fulfill requirements in the Arts and Athletics. All graduates of Boston Trinity Academy must complete a minimum of three Advanced Placement courses.

For more information on the classes below, click on the departments to the left.

9th Grade

All students take the following courses:

  • Humanities 9: The Development of Western Civilization*
  • Mathematics**
  • Biology 9
  • French or Spanish**
  • Art 9: Identity and Pop Culture***
     

* Humanities 9 integrates English, History, and Biblical Studies (2½ credits)
** Mathematics and World Language courses are tracked by level, not by grade
*** Art 9 is ½ credit

10th Grade

All students take the following courses:

  • English 10: World Literature
  • History 10: World History and Current Issues
  • Mathematics*
  • Chemistry 10
  • French or Spanish*
  • Biblical Studies 10: Christian Belief in Context**
  • Art 10: Media**
     

* Mathematics and World Language courses are tracked by level, not by grade
** Biblical Studies 10 and Art 10 are ½ credit each

11th Grade

All students take the following courses:

  • English 11: European Literature
  • AP European History or History 11: European History
  • Mathematics*
  • AP Physics 1, AP Biology, AP Psychology, Environmental Science, or Conceptual Physics**
  • French or Spanish*
  • Biblical Studies 11: The Christian Life***
  • College Prep Resource***
  • Elective: AP Studio Art or Studio Art

 

* Mathematics and World Language courses are tracked by level, not by grade
** AP Physics 1 or Conceptual Physics must be taken in either 11th or 12th grade
*** Biblical Studies 11 and College Prep Resource are ½ credit

12th Grade

Students generally take the following courses:

  • AP English Literature and Composition or Creative Writing
  • History 12: United States History: Evidence and Records
  • Mathematics*
  • AP Physics 1, AP Biology, AP Psychology, Environmental Science, or Conceptual Physics**
  • French or Spanish*
  • Humanities 12: Senior Honors Symposium
  • Elective: AP Studio Art or Studio Art

 

* Mathematics and World Language courses are tracked by level, not by grade
** AP Physics 1 or Conceptual Physics must be taken in either 11th or 12th grade