Curriculum

Shortridge Academy offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. Students take a full load of core academic courses, including 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.

Course Offerings 

  • American Literature — English 9/10
  • British Literature — English 11
  • World Literature — English 12
  • World History
  • U.S. History
  • Economics: History and Practice
  • U.S. Government
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Fundamentals of Geometry
  • Introduction to Philosophy/or Introduction to Psychology
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Studio Arts 1, 2 and 3
  • Photography
  • Art History
  • Introduction to Textile Design

Graduation Requirements 

Shortridge requires a minimum of 24 credits, distributed among subject areas as follows:

  • English – 4
  • Math – 3
  • Social Studies – 3 (including full credits in world history and U.S. history, and .5 credits in economics and U.S. government)
  • Science – 3 (including a life science and a physical science)
  • Foreign Language – 2
  • Health – .5
  • Physical Education – 2
  • Electives – 6

Additional Curricular Offerings

Students who would like an additional challenge can take any course at Shortridge for honors credit and will work with their teachers to develop an honors curriculum. Those who demonstrate a high level of proficiency and aptitude in a specific subject may be eligible for a teaching assistant (TA) position as part of their honors work. The responsibilities of a TA include peer tutoring, assisting the teacher in preparing lessons, and teaching lessons to the class periodically. We also offer independent study options where 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 or the University of New Hampshire.

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