Academic Programs

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Freshmen and Sophomores take year long, full credit courses that prepare them for specialized, focused trimester long electives of the student's own choosing. This more in-depth exploration of literature and ideas allows students to discover and focus their interests in their final two years of English at Westover.

Department Chair: Thomas Juvan


The History program at Westover guides students through a deliberate and varied progression of historical inquiry, analysis, and skill building in the study of human societies. Students take three years of History that consist of a two-year sequence of World History in the 9th and 10th grades and a year of United States History over the course of the 11th and 12th grades. A variety of trimester electives are offered on a rotating basis. Students desiring college-level history classes may take AP World History in the 10th grade year and AP United States History in grade 11 or 12. We encourage students who have a strong interest in history to take Advanced Placement or additional electives beyond the 3 year graduation requirement.

Department Chair: Christopher Ames


The Language Department offers course sequences from the introductory to the Advanced Placement levels in: French, Latin, and Spanish. The Department determines the level at which a student is placed in the language program she chooses.
Each student is required to successfully complete Westover’s third-level course in one of these languages in order to graduate, although she is encouraged, if eligible, to pursue the study of her chosen language beyond the requirement or to begin the study of a second foreign language upon meeting that requirement.

Department Chair: Kathryn Albee


The mathematics program at Westover provides a sequence of courses to accommodate for a wide range of student abilities.
Three ability levels are offered for most classes making it possible for any student to successfully remain in the math program for all four years.
Although students are required to bring a graphing calculator (TI-84) as technology is heavily integrated into daily work, a great deal of effort is placed on helping students write legibly clear and mathematically sound solutions.

Department Chair: Sarkis Boyadjian


The Science Department offers a balanced and varied curriculum of biological and physical sciences. These include year-long surveys of the major disciplines as well as trimester electives devoted to more specialized topics.
To satisfy graduation requirements, each student must complete at least two full years of laboratory science, one biological and one physical, in addition to at least one of the trimester electives.

Department Chair: Jana Dunbar

See Curriculum Guide for a more detailed description and requirements of each course.