Academics

ACADEMICS

Excelsior School is a small, boarding high school that offers a rigorous, college-preparatory education. Our school, a WASC accredited institution, has established an excellent track record of graduates matriculating at distinguished colleges and universities. Our alumni have attended many of the prominent colleges in California and other states, including Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Brown University, Pepperdine University, New York University, and Syracuse University., among others. Our school’s curriculum is designed to develop an awareness of student potential. Commitment to community service and individual responsibility are also strongly emphasized to raise responsible members of the community. An in-depth, enriched curriculum and a growing number of extracurricular activities which allow students to become critical thinkers and productive communicators. A close knit community forms due to the low student to teacher ratio.

The Excelsior School curriculum is varied and challenging, providing a strong college-preparatory program in various fields of study: English, history, mathematics, computer science, science, foreign language, art, performing arts and physical education. Advanced Placement preparation is available in English, History, Math, Science. The Excelsior faculty employs a wide variety of teaching methods. All courses emphasize reading, writing and research skills, and some courses include educational field trips to local museums, theaters and historical sites. The visual and performing arts are an integral part of the Excelsior experience. Each student is required to enroll in at least one full-year studio art course and one music course before graduation, and many students choose to take additional electives in these fields.

The college counseling program is committed to the careful matching of each student with a school that is particularly appropriate for each individual. Excelsior recognizes that each student is unique — that student has his/her own educational and professional goals, academic strengths, financial resources and preference for certain geographical locations. Each student is advised to pursue a course of study that emphasizes his/her particular talents and strengths. SAT prep is provided for all students. Students have to access to teachers and administrators to go over all aspects of the college application process. Help with personal statements is also part of the curriculum for seniors. The school arranges for universities to come visit and talk about their corresponding schools. We arrange visits to universities for interested students as well. Our goal is for all students to attend the college of their choice.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

High School

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Credits for Graduation

Recommended for College Bound

Subject

Course Requirements

Required Semester Credits

Required Semester Credits

English:

4 years of English

40

40

Social Science: 

3 years of social science

1 year of World History

1 year of United States History

1 semester of American Government

1 semester of Economics

30

40

Mathematics:

 

2 years of math

Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 and Geometry

Algebra II/Integrated Math 2 or higher level courses.

20

30

Science:

 

2 years college prep laboratory science

Including both biological and physical sciences

20

20

Fine Arts:

1 year of fine arts

10

10

Foreign Language:

2 year foreign language

20

20

Physical Education:

2 years of physical education

20

20

Electives:

60 units of credit

Student may select elective courses in the following areas: art, business, consumer and homemaking education, English, foreign language, mathematics, music, industrial technology education, physical education, reading, science, and social science.

60

60

TOTAL:

220

240

Pass the high school proficiency examinations

 CREDITS

Five semester credits are granted for successfully passing a course one semester.  No credit is earned for courses which are repeated if credit has been previously granted or for courses in which an “f” grade is received.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT

University of California

Requirements (starting 2003)

(A-G Requirement)

A-F/G Subject Requirements:

a)    College Prep English: 4 years

English that includes frequent and regular writing and reading of classic and modern literature. Not more than two semesters of ninth–grade English can be used to meet this requirement. b) Mathematics: 3 years (4 recommended) (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)  c) History / Social Science: 2 years required

Includes one year of U.S. History and one year of  World Studies.
 
*d) Lab Science: 2 years (3 recommended)

CP Integrated Science I, II, and III (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), physiology
e) Language (other than English): 2 years (3 recommended) (Must be the same foreign language)
f) Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year

Students must complete a year-long approved course from a single visual and performing arts subject area (dance, music, visual arts, or drama/theater.)
g) College Preparatory Electives (1 year required)

Additional courses taken in subject requirement a-f above. They are to be chosen from the following subject areas: social science, English, advanced math, laboratory science, foreign language, and visual and performing arts. Also selected elective courses listed on the UC approved list.

SAT I or ACT and SAT II required

Students must submit test scores for either the SAT 1 or ACT and three SAT II tests (Subject Tests including writing, mathematics level 1 or level 2, and one test in one of  the following areas – English literature, foreign language, science, or social science).

* The Science College Requirements must satisfy 1 year life science and 1 year physical science.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT

California State University
Requirements (starting 2003)
(A-G Requirements)

 

Students must complete the following minimum requirements:

a) College Prep English: 4 years
English that includes frequent and regular writing and reading of classic and modern literature. Not more than two semesters of ninth–grade English can be used to meet this requirement .

b) Mathematics : 3 years
(Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)

c) History / Social Science : 2 years required
Includes one year of U.S. History and one year of  World Studies.

*d) Lab Science : 2 years
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physiology

e) Foreign Language : 2 years
2 years same language

f) Visual and Performing Arts : 1 year
Students must complete a year-long approved course from a single visual and performing arts subject area (dance, music, visual arts, or drama/theater.)

g) Elective Course: 1 year
(includes any subjects a-f above and selected college prep elective courses

SAT I or ACT required
Other requirements include:

• Graduation from high school
• An eligibility index that places applicants among the top one-third of California’s public high school graduates.

GPA                       SAT                        ACT
Above 3.0              qualifies with any score

2.80                         660                          14
2.60                         820                          18
2.40                         980                          22
2.20                         1140                        26
2.0                           1300                        30

Excelsior School

UC/CSU-Approved Courses List

a-History / Social Science – 2 years required

Two years of history/social science, including one year of World History, Cultures or Geography; and one year of US History or one-half year of US History and one-half year of American Government/Civics

Course TitleTranscript Abbreviation(s)CategoryHonors TypeCourse Notes
AP United States History         AP US HistU.S. History AP 
AP World History   AP World Hist World History / Geography / Cultures AP 
U.S. History AB U.S. History  
World History, Cultures, & Geog. AB World History / Geography / Cultures  
 
b-English – 4 years required
Four years of college preparatory English. Students may only use 1 year of ESL/ELD, SDAIE, or Sheltered English.
Course TitleTranscript Abbreviation(s)CategoryHonors TypeCourse Notes
AP English Literature and Composition   AP Engl Lit English AP 
English 10AB English  
English 11AB English  
English 12AB English  
English 9AB English  
English AB (H)  EnglishH 
 
c-Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended
Three years of college preparatory mathematics that includes the topics covered in Elementary Algebra/Algebra 1, Geometry and Advanced Algebra/Algebra 2. Approved Integrated Math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement.
Course TitleTranscript Abbreviation(s)CategoryHonors TypeCourse Notes
Algebra IAB  Algebra 1  
AP Calculus AB   AP Calculus AB, Calculus AB Advanced MathematicsAP 
AP Statistics   AP Stat Statistics AP 
Geometry AB  Geometry  
Intermediate Alg./Trigonometry AB  Algebra 2  
Math Analysis AB Advanced Mathematics Pre-Calculus  
 
d-Laboratory Science – 2 years required, 3 years recommended
Two years of laboratory science, including two of the three fundamental disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This requirement can also be met by completing the latter two years of a 3-year Integrated Science program.
Course TitleTranscript Abbreviation(s)CategoryHonors TypeCourse Notes
AP Biology   AP Bio Biological Science AP  
AP Physics B   AP Phys B Physics AP  
Biology AB Biological Science  
Chemistry (AP)  ChemistryAP 
Chemistry AB Chemistry  
Physics – Lab Physics  
 
e-Language Other than English – 2 years required, 3 years recommended
Two years of the same language other than English.
Course TitleTranscript Abbreviation(s)CategoryHonors TypeCourse Notes
French IAB  LOTE Year 1  
French IIAB LOTE Year 2  
French IIIAB LOTE Year 3  
Spanish IAB  LOTE Year 1  
Spanish IIAB LOTE Year 2  
Spanish IIIAB LOTE Year 3  
 
f-Visual & Performing Arts – 1 year required
Course TitleTranscript Abbreviation(s)CategoryHonors TypeCourse Notes
Art History & Analysis AB Art History & Analysis ABVisual Arts (Intro)  
introduction to music theory intro musicMusic (Intro)  
 
g-Elective – 1 year required
One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in “a-f” above. All courses must be listed under “a-f” above with the exception of courses marked with a blue diamond () in Mathematics, Language Other than English, and VPA; plus the following:
Course TitleTranscript Abbreviation(s)CategoryHonors TypeCourse Notes
Computer Science (Programming) AB Math  
Creative Writing AB English  
Economics AB History / Social Science Semester  
Intro. to AnthropologyIntro. to Anthropology History / Social Science  
Introduction to SociologySociology I History / Social Science  
Physical/Earth Science AB Science-Physical  
Psychology  Psychology  History / Social Science   

UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCES

Excelsior School helped me achieve my dreams and get into the university of my choice.

Excelsior School students have been accepted to many acclaimed universities throughout the United States. Below is a list of just some of the schools students from Excelsior have attended.

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of California Riverside
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Colorado
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • New York University
  • Michigan State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Rochester
  • Pepperdine University

College Counseling

The college counseling program is committed to the careful matching of each student with a school that is particularly appropriate for each individual. Excelsior recognizes that each student is unique — that student has his/her own educational and professional goals, academic strengths, financial resources and preference for certain geographical locations. A full-time college counselor directs an intensive counseling program which begins as soon as a student enrolls in the Upper School. Each student is advised to pursue a course of study that emphasizes his/her particular talents and strengths. All sophomores and juniors take the PSAT. SAT I and SAT II tests are taken when appropriate in the sophomore, junior and senior years. During the spring of the junior year and fall of the senior year, students meet in a monthly class with the counselor to go over all aspects of the college application process.

Early in the senior year, there is a college night for senior parents. In the fall, seniors visit colleges, arrange interviews and prepare applications and essays.

Students also have access to extensive computer resources for researching colleges.

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