In Middle School English, a new public speaking elective will alternate with creative writing.
Introduction to Computer Science will be offered to 8th-12th graders, and is the first step in the development of greater curricular offerings in both divisions.
In the Upper School, the year-long Pre-calculus with Trigonometry course has been replaced with Introduction to Statistics in the fall and Pre-calculus with Trigonometry in the spring. The intent is to beef up students’ understanding of statistics so that students are properly prepared for data analysis in college and beyond.
A Civics course will be offered both fall and spring to meet the new Washington State requirement for graduation.
The senior thesis has been eliminated and will no longer be a separate graduation requirement. In its stead, students will write a comparative literature essay as a culminating project in twelfth grade English.
U Prep will launch its iPad and laptop programs. Teachers and students will increase their use of electronic textbooks and applications.
The Middle School continues to work towards its first “Middle School Link” trip to Santa Fe Prep in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Global Programs is launching its new Global Link Botswana program. Next spring, students will visit Maru-a-Pula School in Gaborone. A co-ed, independent day and boarding secondary school founded in 1972, it is now one of Africa’s premier academic institutions.