Academics at Dublin

Course of Study

Dublin students typically take six academic courses a semester. Freshman and sophomores usually take a full schedule of core classes in the disciplines of English, History, Mathematics,  Science and World Languages.  In addition, they generally also take an elective course in Arts, Technology or in an area of particular interest.

Over the last six years, we have offered over 175 different course offerings in order to meet our students needs.

As they enter their junior year, students at Dublin begin to increasingly specialize in areas of interest. They do this by taking classes that are directed at their interests and abilities but that also allow them to meet the distribution requirements of the school.  Many students focus heavily in the Humanities, PRISM (math, science and technology), or in the Arts. Others take a balanced schedule sampling courses in all the academic areas that are available at Dublin.

The easiest and most direct way to see the range of classes that Dublin students actually take is to review actual student schedules. 

AP Courses

We offer a full range of AP courses including:  AP Biology; AP Calculus AB; AP English Language; AP Environmental Sci; AP US Government & Politics (2015-16); AP Spanish Language; Adv. Topics in Math; AP Chemistry (2015-16); AP European History (2016-17); AP Latin (2015-16); AP Spanish Literature; AP English Lit; AP Physics 1; and AP US History. 

We also have offered additional AP Courses based on particular student interest. 

Electives and Independent Studies

We also offer a large array of more specialized electives, which are developed in response to students’ curiosity or teachers’ passions. Students can also initiate independent studies.  Our rigorous graduation requirements ensure that students leave Dublin with a strong basis of knowledge and skills, and a range of creative and expressive experiences. 

Senior Projects

One of the newest additions to our curriculum is the opportunity for seniors to develop a Senior Project.

Senior Project offers students the opportunity to engage in year-long rigorous study centered around a question or topic that is of special interest to them. The course has both a scholarly and a creative, or applied, component and students are given college-level expectations of independence, time management, and advanced analytical and creative problem solving.

Senior Projects 2014-2018
Explore your Passion!

  • Bike Making
  • Piloting Helicopters
  • Cooking and Baking
  • Amharic and Reclaiming Language
  • Anime Costume Making
  • Video Production
  • Antisemitism
  • Songwriting and Music Production
  • The Glass Ceiling
  • Woodworking
  • Diplomacy
  • Modern Dance
  • Theater production
  • Populism
  • Dadism
  • Teaching Math in the Flipped Classroom
  • Fashion Design
  • Making an Electric Bicycle
  • Dog Training
  • Sexuality Education
  • Designing and Writing Graphic Novels
  • Music Production
  • Educational Testing and Predicting Success
  • Cognitive Science and Whistled Languages
  • The Radicalization of Japan Pre-WWII
  • Virtual Reality/Programming
  • Performing Arts/French Theater Forms
  • Makers Culture
  • Teaching Socialism
  • Performing Arts/Theater History
  • 3D Modeling/Environment Design
  • Performing Arts/Theater History
  • Choral Score Arranging/Conducting
  • Japanese Language/Translation
  • Marine Biology/Robotics
  • 3D Animation/Story Design
  • “The Solely Feelin’s Project: Shoes for Expression”/Visual Arts
  • Music Recording and Production
  • 3D Animation/Directing
  • Computer Science/Programming
  • Fundraising
  • Creative Writing

Every student writes a research paper exploring the field or fields at the intersection of their project, documents their process with regular unit plans and reflections, works both with their Senior Project teacher and on- or off-campus mentors, and (when applicable) applies for funding for special workshops, internships, lessons or materials necessary for the enhancement of their learning. Ultimately each student channels his/her knowledge, skills and passion into creating an original work that is shared with the community on Mayfair Weekend. In its inaugural year, the value of a capstone course like Senior Project shows itself not only in the end products the students create but in the journeys they have taken in the process.


Academic Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements as of 2017-2018:

English – English is required for all years of high school.

History – Three years of History are required, including US (World I, Europe and the World, US)

Mathematics – Three years of high school Math including Algebra II are required.

New students’ levels are determined by a summer placement test.

Science – Three years of high school science including STEM, Biology, and Chemistry are required.

New students may test out of STEM.

World Language – Two years of high school language in the same language are required.

New students’ levels will be determined by the faculty in the first week of school.

Arts – Two years (six trimester electives) of arts are required.

Technology – One trimester course in technology (.3 year) is required.

Total: 20 credits

All students must take a minimum of 5 courses per term. Independent Studies count as a 6th course.

Athletics / Activities – All students are required to participate in an afternoon activity every term including 1 competitive sport per year.

Credit toward Arts requirements may be earned through participation in the winter musical. Credit toward the Technology requirement may be earned by participation in Robotics. This must be arranged with the coaches at the start of the activity.

Summary Class Listing

Current Core Classes

English 9: Words that Change the World
English 10: Global Voices
English 11: An American Conversation

World History I
Europe and the World
US History

Algebra 1
Algebra II
Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry
Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry Precalculus
Advanced Topics in Mathematics

Introduction to STEM Science

Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III
Spanish III Honors
Spanish IV

Current AP Offerings

AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP US Government and Politics
AP US History
AP Calculus
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics
AP Computer Science Principals
AP Spanish 4 Language and Culture
AP AP Spanish Literature
AP Latin

Recent Electives Offered

English 12 - African-American Lit
English 12 - Art of the Autobiography
English 12 - Creative Writing
English 12 - Evil & Postmodern Lit
English 12 - Filmmaking & Literature
English 12 - Folklore & Fairytales
English 12 - Harlem Renaissance
English 12 - Literature & the Human Condition
English 12 - Literature of the Devil
English 12 - Lost Generation
English 12 - New Play Lab
English 12 - Racism in America
English 12 - Self, Sexuality, and Society
English 12 - Topics in Literature
English 12: The World of the 14th Century: The Adventures of Ibn Battuta and Historical Fiction Writing
The American Presidency
19th & 20th Century Composers
Abnormal Psychology
Acting the Song
Acting Troupe
Acting Workshop
Advanced Acting
Advanced Computer Programming
Advanced Drawing
Advanced Music Lab I-III
Advanced Painting
Advanced Painting I-III
Advanced Photography I-III
Advanced Theory & Compsition
American Civil Rights
Anti-Semeticism, Holocaust & Genocide
Application Development
Applied Programming
Introduction to Astronomy
Aquatic Ecology
Ceramics I-II
Cinema Studies
Comparative Religions
Computer Aided Design
Computer Music
Considering Questions
Dance Ensemble I-III
Data Networks
Digital Photography I-III
Drawing I-III
Dubliners Chorus
Economics I-II
Electronics Circuitry & Design
English 12 - Something Wicked
ESL Academic Reading
ESL Academic Writing
ESL English as a Second Language
European History 1945-2012
Fundamentals of Psychology
Film Reflections
Flash Animation
Fundamentals of Economics
Gender & American Popular Culture
Global Food Systems
Guitar I-III
Historical Inquiry
History by Hollywood
History of Argentina during the 20th century
History of Ancient Greece & Rome
History of Islam
Human Geography
Human Rights
Improvisation and Theater Games: An Introduction to Acting
Intro to Astronomy
Intro to Electronics
Introduction to Engineering
Intro to HTML and CSS
Intro to Music I-III
Introduction to Acting
Introduction to Batik
Introduction to C# Programming
Introduction to Music Theory
Jazz Band I-III
Latin America in the 20th Century
Learning Skills Tutorial
Marine Biology
Meteorology and Climate
Music Performance Lab
Music Theory through Songwriting
New Play Lab
Nuclear Issues
Nutrition and Exercise Science
Nutrition, Health & Society
Orthopedic Anatomy
Page to the Stage
Painting I-III
Performing Arts
Physics, Energy & Environment
Piano Studies I-III
Play Production
Programming I
Programming in Python
Psychological Research
Race in America
Senior Project
Social Movements in America
Sports Medicine
Storytelling with Video
String Ensemble
Systemic Anatomy
Theater: Behind the Scenes
Three Dimensional Design I-III
Toxins and Us
Two Dimensional Design I-III
Voice Studies I-III
Web Programming
Woodworking I-III
World War I and World War II

Recent Independent Studies

IS: Senior Project I-III
IS: Advanced Music Lab
IS: Advanced Music Theory
IS: Asian Caligraphy I-II
IS: Color Theory
IS: Creative Musicianship
IS: Drawing
IS: Guitar
IS: Hip Hop Culture
IS: Intro to Drumming
IS: Painting
IS: Theory/Musicianship
IS: Trumpet
IS: Ukelele
IS: Literary Publishing
IS: Visual Poetry
IS: American Civil Rights
IS: Comparative Religions
IS: The Empire Strikes Back
IS: Teaching Assistant
IS: Perkin Observatory Research
IS: Rivers & Watersheds
IS: Advanced Networking
IS: Autonomous Navigation
IS: C# Programming
IS: Computer Aided Design
IS: Digital Video Production
IS: Electric GoCart
IS: Image Processing Programming
IS: Network Security
IS: Web Publishing
IS: Advanced Mandarin
IS: Italian