The Groton curriculum is designed to prepare students for “lives of character, learning, leadership, and service” by encouraging breadth of intellectual exposure and depth of study.

Beginning with the prescribed curricula of the Second and Third forms (eighth and ninth grades) and continuing through the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth forms (10th, 11th, and 12th grades), the curriculum introduces students to a wide variety of courses that challenge and engage interests and capabilities that might otherwise lie dormant.

At every level, the curriculum fosters the development of critical and disciplined thinking, precise communication and scientific analysis, creative problem-solving, careful and logical thinking, and an empathetic understanding of the social, scientific, and political background of Western and non-Western civilization. Groton’s curriculum is designed to evolve and to enable our students to address the challenges of the 21st century with confidence, compassion, and sound judgment.

SECOND AND THIRD FORMS (grades 8 and 9): The curriculum in the Second and Third Forms challenges students across the intellectual spectrum and encourages students to immerse themselves in the basic disciplines. At least two years of a classical language—Latin or Greek—are required; Groton believes this exposure teaches students to analyze carefully and to synthesize various expressions of thought.

FOURTH, FIFTH, AND SIXTH FORMS (grades 10, 11, and 12): Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Formers study subjects in depth and enjoy the opportunity to select elective courses to supplement or enhance their courses of study. Students in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Forms must take at least five full-credit courses per term and earn a minimum of 45 credits to graduate. Most students add an elective and take six courses per term. Most courses are year-long and earn three credits; term-long courses earn one credit.

Although students have a wide range of choices, all students must study English through the Fifth Form with one term of Expository Writing in the Sixth Form; mathematics through the Fifth Form or through trigonometry, whichever comes later; a classical or modern language through the Fifth Form or through a level of proficiency prescribed by the department, whichever comes later; one year of laboratory science; world history (World and the West) and American History; three credits of arts; and one term of ethics. Students who enter the school in the Fourth Form must also take two terms of Sacred Studies in the Upper School.

Several departments offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses; some non-AP courses—such as American History, Fifth Form English, and Calculus—prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination. A number of options exist for independent study in the Sixth Form.

Academic Requirements

Second Form (8th grade)
•  English
•  Mathematics
•  French, Spanish, or Chinese
•  Latin
•  Science
•  Arts

Third Form (9th grade)
•  English
•  Mathematics
•  French, Spanish, or Chinese
•  Cellular/Organismic Biology or Ecology
•  Latin or (with permission) Greek
•  Sacred Texts and Ancient Peoples
•  Arts (a one-half credit course in shop, music, or studio art)

Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Forms (10th, 11th, and 12th grades)
Upper School students must pass a minimum of five one-credit courses per term (many take five-and-a-half or six) and fifteen credits per year. They must earn 45 credits in Forms Four, Five, and Six to graduate. The following are required:
•  English through Expository Writing (Sixth Form Fall)
•  Mathematics through trigonometry (the first term of precalculus) or through Fifth Form, whichever comes later
•  Foreign language through level three or Fifth Form, whichever comes later (A student beginning a new language must take it for at least two years.)
•  World and the West, American History
•  A full year of lab science
•  Ethics, and for those who enter in the Upper School, a two-term course in Sacred Studies
•  Three credits of arts in the Upper School (Those who did not take Visual Studies in the Third Form must take it in the Upper School, fulfiling one of the three required Upper School arts credits.)
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Groton School is recognized as one of America's top boarding schools. It prepares students in grades 8-12 for the "active work of life."