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Curriculum Summary & Graduation Requirements

The information included in this Summary is intended to give you an overview of the courses offered at Spring Street International School.

High School

In order to graduate from Spring Street International School, students must earn the required number of high school credits in each area over the course of eight required semesters. In some cases, these required classes may be taken during the 8th grade year. In rare cases, a 7th grade student may take the Algebra I class for HS credit. One credit is equivalent to a year-long course. 

 Subject Area Minimum CreditsTypical Offerings 
English4English 9, English 10, English 11, AP English Language & Composition
STEM8Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, AP Environmental Science
Social Studies4World History, AP Comparative Government, AP Psychology, US Constitutional History, Current Events
Foreign Language3Spanish I, II, III, Spanish IV/AP Spanish; Independent Language Study
Physical Education2Fitness, Independent Study; Team Sports, Expeditions
Electives7Music, Visual Art, Theatre; additional courses in Humanities and STEM
Total Required28 minimum

Middle School

Middle School Students typically follow the programs outlined below:

6th grade: Humanities, Transition Mathematics, Island Inquiry Science, Fitness and Wellness, Art/Music/Theatre

7th grade: Humanities, Pre-Algebra, Life Science, Fitness and Wellness, Art/Music/Theatre

8th grade: American Literature, United States History, Earth Science, Algebra, Spanish I, Art/Music/Theatre


Most International students with an IBT between 10 and 40 take three intermediate ESL classes plus three mainstreamed classes such as Algebra II, Physics, and music/art. As students progress to an IBT above 60, they are mainstreamed in 5 classes and take one Advanced ESL support class.

  • Intermediate ESL: Grammar, Reading, Writing, and Conversation
  • English IB(s): Composition, American Short Fiction
  • English IB(s): American Literature and Creative Writing
  • English IIA(s): TOEFL; World Essays and Fiction.