curriculum1Shortridge Academy offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. Students take a full load of core academic courses including foreign language classes and lab sciences. As a year-round school, we offer five academic terms in a calendar year, where four terms equal a full academic year. Students are enrolled in five classes per term; in addition they have the ability to earn credits in physical education through our residential life curriculum and elective credits in Communication and Leadership skills through the therapeutic curriculum. With this opportunity to make up any credits they may have missed prior to enrollment, most students are able to earn a full year and a half of academics in 14 months, or two years of academics in 18 months.


Shortridge requires a minimum of 24 credits, distributed among the subject areas as follows: English – 4
Math – 3
Social Studies – 3 (including World History and US History)
Science – 3 (including a life science class and a physical science class)
Foreign Language – 2
Economics – .5
Health – .5
Physical Education – 2
Electives – 6


Introduction to Literature and Composition
American Literature
British Literature
World Literature
World History
American History
Economics: History and Practice
Contemporary Studies: Society and the Environment
Introductory Spanish
Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Spanish
Algebra 1
Algebra 2

Fundamentals of Geometry
Advanced Geometry
Honors Geometry
Calculus I
Calculus II
Conceptual Physics
Physics with Calculus
Environmental Science
Studio Arts
Film Studies



Students who would like an additional challenge, or who have fulfilled most of the core academic requirements, have a number of additional opportunities. Those who demonstrate a high level of proficiency and aptitude in a specific subject may be eligible for a Teaching Assistant (T.A.) position. The responsibilities of a T.A. include peer tutoring, assisting the teacher in preparing lessons, and teaching lessons to the class periodically. We also offer independent study options through online classes and students have the opportunity to work with their advisor and a teacher to develop their own independent study course. This is organized like any other class, in terms of the curriculum and grading being overseen by a teacher. Students may also be eligible to take college courses at one of the nearby colleges such as Granite State College, the University of New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce College.