Class of 2019, 2020, and 2021


Each year, students enroll in seven (7) courses and one study hall per semester. A full-year course is one (1) credit, and a one-semester course is 0.5 credit. Additional study halls must be approved by the Head of Upper School and College Counseling. For information about scheduling and the placement policy (Honors/Advanced) please click here for the course guide: EWS Course 2018-2019.

Ninth Grade

Students must take English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Judaic Studies, World Language, and a Fine Arts, Technology (formerly E.T.C.), or Physical Education elective each semester.

Tenth Grade

Students must take English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Judaic Studies, World Language, and a Fine Arts, Technology (formerly E.T.C.), or Physical Education elective each semester.

Eleventh Grade

Students must take English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Judaic Studies, World Language (three years is recommended) and a Fine Arts, Technology (formerly E.T.C.), or Physical Education elective each semester. 

Twelfth Grade

Students must take English, Mathematics, Judaic Studies, and two (2) other academic courses, from English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, or Science. Seniors also take two (2) additional courses from any academic area.

*Starting with the Class of 2022


Each year, students enroll in seven (7) courses and one study hall per semester. A full-year course is one (1) credit, and a one-semester course is 0.5 credit. Additional study halls must be approved by the Head of Upper School and College Counseling. For information about scheduling and the placement policy (Honors/Advanced) please click here for the course guide: EWS Course 2018-2019.

Ninth Grade

Students must take English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Judaic Studies, World Language, and a Fine Arts, Technology (formerly E.T.C.), or Physical Education elective each semester.

Tenth Grade

Students must take English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Judaic Studies, World Language, and a Fine Arts, Technology (formerly E.T.C.), or Physical Education elective each semester.

Eleventh Grade

Students must take English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Judaic Studies, World Language (three years is recommended) and a Fine Arts, Technology (formerly E.T.C.), or Physical Education elective each semester. 

Twelfth Grade

Students must take English, Mathematics, Judaic Studies, and two (2) other academic courses, from English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, or Science. Seniors also take two (2) additional courses from any academic area.

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  • Explanation of Graduation Requirements (Class of 2019, 2020, and 2021)

    • English – Four years.
    • Social Sciences – Three years.
    • Mathematics – Three years. Students are encouraged to take four years of Mathematics.
    • Science – Three (3) years.
    • Judaic Studies - Four (4) years.
    • World Language – Two (2) years (three (3) years are strongly recommended) of consecutive World language classes (i.e. Spanish I and II, or Spanish II and III) in the Upper School.
      Hebrew Requirement: One year of Hebrew language is required during the student’s time in the Upper School. Students are encouraged to fulfill their one year of Hebrew language during the first year they are enrolled in the Upper School. Students who have successfully completed at least two (2) years of Hebrew at Emery/Weiner’s Middle School are exempt from this requirement.
    • Fine Arts – Two semesters (over the 4 years). Activities such as participation in the school theatre program may be counted as credit, as annually approved by the Fine Arts Department. Students participating in a Theatre Production can receive up to 0.5 credit.
    • Physical Education/Athletics – Two semesters (over the 4 years). Each sports season receives 0.5 credit. Off-campus physical education activities must get prior approval by the Upper School Registrar.
    • Entrepreneurship/Technology/Communications – Two semesters (over the 4 years).
    • Electives – Two semesters (over the 4 years). These electives can be from Fine Arts, Physical Education, Entrepreneurship/Technology/Communications. or other core academic departments.
    • Community Service – 30 minimum of hours of community service is required each year for graduation. Students may receive credit for community service projects performed outside of the school as long as the Upper School Dean receives proper documentation.
    • Experiential Education:
      • Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Grade
        • Shabbaton - Students are required to attend the weekend retreat during the last weekend of August.
        • Winter Outdoor Trip - Students are required to attend the week-long Outdoor Trip during the third week of January.
        • Spring Culture Trip – Students are required to attend the week-long Culture Trip each year in March.
      • Twelfth Grade
        • Comparative Religions Program – Seniors are required to attend the week-long Comparative Religions Program during the third week of January.
        • Internship – Students are required to participate in a week-long Internship each year in March.
        • Poland/Israel Trip - Each year, Emery/Weiner seniors take a four-week trip: the first week, they explore Poland. For the next three weeks, seniors experience the trip of a lifetime in Israel. The trip, coordinated with the Alexander Muss School, occurs each spring in late April/early May.

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  • Explanation of Graduation Requirements (starting with Class of 2022)

    • English – Four years.
    • Social Sciences – Three years.
    • Mathematics – Three years. Students are encouraged to take four years of Mathematics.
    • Science – Three years.
    • Judaic Studies - Four years.
    • World Language – Two (2) years (three (3) years are strongly recommended) of consecutive World language classes (i.e. Spanish I and II, or Spanish II and III) in the Upper School.                                                                                        Hebrew Requirement: One year of Hebrew language is required during the student’s time in the Upper School. Students are encouraged to fulfill their one year of Hebrew language during the first year they are enrolled in the Upper School. Students who have successfully completed at least two (2) years of Hebrew at Emery/Weiner’s Middle School are exempt from this requirement.
    • Fine Arts – Two semesters (over the 4 years). Activities such as participation in the school theatre program may be counted as credit, as annually approved by the Fine Arts Department. Students participating in a Theatre Production can receive up to 0.5 credit.
    • Physical Education/Athletics – Two semesters (over the 4 years). Each sports season receives 0.5 credit. Off-campus physical education activities must get prior approval by the Upper School Registrar.
    • Technology – Two semesters (over the 4 years).
    • Electives – Eight semesters (over the 4 years). These electives can be from Fine Arts, Physical Education, Technology or other core academic departments.
    • Community Service – 30 minimum of hours of community service is required each year for graduation. Students may receive credit for community service projects performed outside of the school as long as the Upper School Dean receives proper documentation.
    • Experiential Education:
      • Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Grade
        • Shabbaton - Students are required to attend the weekend retreat during the last weekend of August.
        • Winter Outdoor Trip - Students are required to attend the week-long Outdoor Trip during the third week of January.
        • Spring Culture Trip – Students are required to attend the week-long Culture Trip each year in March.
      • Twelfth Grade
        • Comparative Religions Program – Seniors are required to attend the week-long Comparative Religions Program during the third week of January.
        • Internship – Students are required to participate in a week-long Internship each year in March.
        • Poland/Israel Trip - Each year, Emery/Weiner seniors take a four-week trip: the first week, they explore Poland. For the next three weeks, seniors experience the trip of a lifetime in Israel. The trip, coordinated with the Alexander Muss School, occurs each spring in late April/early May.