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Graduation Requirements

The Bay School’s graduation requirements allow students to meet or exceed the admission requirements for the University of California, California State University systems and virtually all other colleges and universities they might consider or attend.

Arts
Students must complete 1A and 1B courses in a single genre (ex. Drama 1A and Drama 1B).

Literature

In addition to the core humanities courses that include literature and writing components (Humanities 1, Humanities 2, Research in the Community, and American Studies), students must complete 1 1⁄2 credits (3 terms) in literature electives. Beginning with the class of 2020, students must complete 2 credits (4 terms) in literature electives, at least one of which must carry the “American Studies - Literature” designation.

Math

Students must complete 3 credits (6 terms) in mathematics. Students complete this requirement in their first three years at Bay; they are encouraged to continue their studies in math beyond this requirement.

Religion & Philosophy

In addition to the core humanities courses that include religion and philosophy components (Humanities 1, Humanities 2, and American Studies), students must complete a 1⁄2 credit (1 term) in a religion and philosophy elective at some point during their 11th- or 12th-grade year.

Science

Students must complete 4 credits (8 terms) in the sciences. Students entering Bay in 9th-grade (as well as most transfer students) will fulfill 3 credits of this requirement by completing Bay’s core science sequence. Students must therefore complete an additional 1 credit (2 terms) of science electives at some point during their 11th- and 12th-grade years. Students in the class of 2021 are required to take only ½ credits (1 term) of science electives in order to graduate, since they took an additional term of Conceptual Physics as 9th-graders.

Senior Signature Projects

Students must complete the 1 credit (2 terms) Senior Signature Project course during their 12th-grade year.

Social Studies

In addition to the core humanities courses that include social studies components (Humanities 1, Humanities 2, Research in the Community, and American Studies), students must complete a 1⁄2 credit (1 term) in a social studies elective at some point during their 11th- or 12th-grade year. Students are encouraged to continue their work in social studies beyond this requirement.

World Languages

Students must complete 3 credits (6 terms) in a single language. Students who place into Level 4 in their first year will fulfill the requirement by taking Level 4 and 5 during their career at Bay. Most students complete the language requirement within their first three years at Bay; they are encouraged to continue their studies in world language beyond this requirement.

Noncredit
  • Students must satisfy a physical activities requirement either by playing on a school sports team  or participating in a non-competitive physical activity.

  • Students must participate in the life skills curriculum for their grade. This involves work done during selected advisories and gatherings spread throughout the year, as well as during the 9th-Grade Seminar which meets one period per week for the 9th-grade year, and the Choices program which meets one period per week for one term of the 10th-grade year.

Course load and credits

All students are required to take five courses each term and one course each Immersive term, unless the academic dean gives them special permission to take a reduced course load. In the name of stewardship of time and to honor our belief in depth-over-breadth learning, we do not permit students to take more than five courses in a single term. A total of at least 23 credits is required to graduate.