Academic Departments

Advanced Studies

Go Beyond!

At Emma Willard School, we focus on what matters most in learning—relevance, enduring understanding, and multidisciplinary connection. Today’s high school students face new challenges that require deep topic knowledge and critical thinking. Enduring learning and academically rigorous curricula go beyond simply loading up on AP™ courses. Emma is responding to our changing world by designing our own unique advanced curriculum. Faculty members develop Advanced Studies (AS) courses that challenge our students and fuel their love of learning. 

Peter Hatala, Director of Curriculum and Innovation

Moving beyond the AP allows us to offer a greater diversity of upper level courses, or to add new and timely features to “traditional” courses.

Headlines

List of 5 news stories.

  • Mathematics Instructor Laslzo Bardos

    Creating with Calculus

    By Melissia Mason
    Last year, we announced a plan to “go beyond” Advanced Placement™ classes, replacing AP with our own Emma-specific Advanced Studies (AS) courses. Over the summer, faculty spent time together in a coordinated effort to dream of and plan for advanced classes that are student-centered, relevant, and meaningful. Mathematics Instructor Laslzo Bardos was among those faculty, pursuing a vision for “going beyond” with AS Calculus.
  • Director of Curriculum and Innovation Peter Hatala

    In Search of Deeper Learning

    By Director of Curriculum and Innovation Peter Hatala
    As part of their work developing and honing curriculum aligned with our Academic Program Pillars, Emma Willard faculty recently spent a day in dialogue and planning with Dr. Jal Mehta, professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • History Instructor Emily Snyder

    Engaging Art History

    By Melissia Mason
    Last year, we announced a plan to “go beyond” Advanced Placement™ classes, replacing AP with our own Emma-specific Advanced Studies (AS) courses. Over the summer, faculty spent time together in a coordinated effort to dream of and plan for advanced classes that are student-centered, relevant, and meaningful. History Instructor Emily Snyder was among those faculty, pursuing a vision for “going beyond” with AS Art History.
  • Defining Our Own Brand of Learning

    A redesigned focus around specific academic pillars
  • Emma Willard School To Offer New Advanced Curriculum

View All News

2021-2022 AS Courses

AS Rhetoric 1.5 
AP English Lit & Comp 1.5
AS US History 1.5
AS Art History 1.5
AP Economics (AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics) 1.5 
AP Intro Psychology 1.5
AP US Govt. and Politics 1.5
AS French V 1 .5
AS Spanish V 1.5
AS Latin IV 1.5
AP Chinese IV 1.5
AS Calculus AB 1.5
AP Calculus C 1.5 
AS Statistics 1.5
AS Physics 1 1.5
AS Biology 1.5
AS Chemistry 1.5
AS Computer Science Principles 1.5
AS Computer Science A 1.5

Advanced Studies Team

Peter Hatala
Director of Curriculum and Innovation

Erin Hatton
Science Instructor

Domenica Pettula
Language Instructor

Lesley Coffey
English Instructor

Alexandra Schmidt
Math Instructor

Caroline Valites
Arts Instructor
285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 | P: 518.833.1300 F: 518.833.1815
© EMMA WILLARD SCHOOL

emmawillard.org
Welcome to Emma Willard School, a private day and boarding high school for girls in Troy, NY, and a leader in girls' education for over 200 years. 

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to campus must check in with Campus Safety, which can be found at the red flag entrance to Sage Hall (Pawling Ave. entrance).