High School

High School Students at Barnstable

A well-rounded high school education at our private school

Our high school students experience tremendous growth and change from their time in grade 9 to graduating from grade 12. The focus begins with personal and social support through the child’s maturity into young adulthood and transitions into the building of life and higher education skills needed for future success. We ensure a well-rounded education for our high school students, with a college-prep academic course-load, while ensuring they are prepared for success in college and beyond.

Barnstable high school student using microscope

High School Academic Goals

College preparation is our primary focus in high school. We want each graduating senior to be accepted to one or more colleges/universities of his or her choice. Barnstable students have an impressive roster of college acceptances, and go on to achieve great things!

To ensure our students are prepared, we promote three critical areas of development:

  • Improving academic skills essential to college and long-term success
  • Building the capacity to think analytically, creatively, and independently
  • Stimulating and rewarding natural curiosity and interests

With these skills firmly in place, our students are able to adapt successfully to college and life beyond in the larger world. We even take college prep a step further with our Early College Program.

Developing Self-Esteem and Academic Achievement

One of the hallmarks of a Barnstable education is the way in which academic achievement and personal growth are integrated. While many would agree that self-esteem is vitally important, children often do not have the necessary opportunities for achieving the skills, insights, self-discipline, and relationships that build self-esteem over time.

A confident Barnstable high school student

Self-esteem cannot simply be given to a child. Superficial compliments, smiles, and pats on the back cannot provide it either. Our students must be given regular opportunities and encouragement to strive toward worthwhile accomplishments. Through graduated levels of effort and achievement, the developing individual learns to think well of his or her own abilities and those of others.

Four-Year Program

Our academic program for grades 9-12 consists of the courses listed below.
Please note: Particular course sequences can vary from student to student depending upon the grade at which the student enters, placement level, and level of achievement. Honors courses are also available.

Freshman Year

  • English Literature or English Skills 9
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Earth Space Science or Biology
  • World History
  • World Language or Computer Applications
  • Physical Education
  • Elective

Sophomore Year

  • English Literature or English Skills 10
  • Geometry or Algebra II
  • Biology or Chemistry
  • United States History I
  • World Language or Advanced Computer Applications I
  • Physical Education
  • Elective

Junior Year

  • English Literature or English Skills 11 or A.P. English
  • Algebra II or Advanced Math I
  • Chemistry or Physics
  • United States History I or II
  • World Language
  • Physical Education
  • Elective

Senior Year

  • English Literature, English Skills 12 or A.P.English
  • Advanced Math I or II, or Business Math
  • Physics
  • United States History II
  • Psychology
  • Physical Education
  • Elective

World Languages

  • Latin I, II
  • Spanish I, II, III
  • French I, II, III

Academic Electives

  • Computer Applications
  • Advanced Computer Applications I, II
  • American Government
  • Economics/American Law (1/2 year each)
  • Contemporary Issues
  • American Cultural History
  • Environmental Science
  • Consumer Life

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Isabella, 11th Grade

Barnstable Academy

Tel: 201.651.0200
Fax: 201.337.9797

Barnstable Academy Est. 1978