Listed below are the requirements by department. Virtually all students elect more courses in some disciplines than the requirements demand.
For entering 9th graders, successful completion of two units of arts electives; one of these units must be completed by the end of 10th grade; at least one course must be a performing arts course, and at least one course must be a visual arts course.
For entering 10th graders, successful completion of one unit of arts electives at Emma Willard; at least one course must be performing, and at least one course must be a visual arts course.
For entering 11th graders, successful completion of one unit of arts courses at Emma Willard with no distribution required among the arts.
ATHLETICS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
All students must take physical education classes or their equivalent in team sports or dance all year during 9th, 10th and 11th grade. 12th graders are required to take 10 weeks of physical education classes or the equivalent. All students must complete a swimming and water safety proficiency test.
Successful completion of four years of English. During 9th, 10th and 11th grades, a student must take year-long English courses. In 12th grade, she must choose two English electives, one per semester.
HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCE
Three year-long courses in history and social science or their equivalents, including one year of United States history taken at the 11th- or 12th-grade level.
Successful completion of the third (300) level of a single foreign language following an initial placement test at Emma Willard. This does not apply to students for whom English is a second language.
Successful completion of the mathematics sequence through the third level following the sequence: Algebra I (M-125), Algebraic Geometry (M-225), and either Essential Topics in Functions and Trigonometry (M-315) or Algebra II and Trigonometry (M-325). M-315 satisfies the mathematics graduation requirement for juniors and seniors. If M-315 is taken before junior year, another year of mathematics must be taken to fulfill the graduation requirement.
Successful completion of two units of laboratory science: one year of physics (S-100) and one year of biology. For students entering in 10th or 11th grade, successful completion of two years of laboratory science during their high school career: one year of physical science and one year of natural science.