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.

Click to review Senior Projects 2014-2016

  • 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

One credit equals a full year course.
All students must maintain a minimum course load of five courses per trimester. To receive a diploma, all seniors must earn a passing grade in each course in which they are enrolled. An Independent Study will be considered as a sixth course.

English: Four credits. All students must be enrolled in an English course in every trimester at Dublin School.
Mathematics: Seven credits in the two disciplines of mathematics and science. Mathematics must include Algebra II. We strongly urge that students take three years of high school-level mathematics.
Science: Three of the science credits must be in lab sciences, including Biology and Chemistry. As of 2014-15, most students who enter the 9th grade are required to take Introduction to STEM.
History: Six credits in the two disciplines of history and foreign language. The requirement in history is three credits, including U.S. History. All seniors are required to complete a minimum of one course in history during their senior year, unless they are already enrolled in a full-year course.
World Language: The foreign language requirement calls for the completion of two credits in the same language. * We strongly urge that students take three years of the same language at the high school-level.
Technology: The requirement is .3 credit in Introduction to Computer Applications or a satisfactory score on the Computer Competency Assessment test.
Arts: Two credits in studio art, music, dance or theater & film elective courses. Students are not required to take more than two trimester courses in arts per year of attendance at Dublin School.

Electives:One credit in elective courses in English, mathematics, history, foreign languages, or the arts. Each elective is worth .3 credit.

Algebra I and/or a year of foreign language taken in middle school will be recognized if the student can successfully pass into and complete the next level of the course.

Graduation Requirements For The Honors Diploma

Dublin School offers an Honors diploma for students who successfully complete the challenge of a more rigorous program. Students seeking the Honors Diploma must earn a GPA of at least 3.5 during their junior and senior years, with no individual trimester grade lower than a “C” during the same two year period. All senior requirements for the regular diploma apply, and are augmented as follows:
Students who receive a Fundamental Rule violation for academic dishonesty during their Junior or Senior year are not eligible for the Honors Diploma.

English: Four credits.
Mathematics: Eight credits in the two disciplines of mathematics and science.
History: Seven credits in the two disciplines of history and foreign language. The requirement in history is three credits, including U.S. History.
World Language: The minimum world language requirement is three credits in the same language taken at the high school level, or two years each of two different world languages.
Technology: The requirement is .3 credit.
Arts: Two credits in studio art, music, dance or theater & film. Students are not required to take more than two trimester courses in arts per year of attendance at Dublin School.

Algebra I and/or a year of world language taken in 8th grade will be recognized and given credit if the student has earned a satisfactory grade, and can successfully pass into and complete the next level of the course. Dublin School may require a student to repeat a course in which s/he has not mastered the material.

Graduation Requirements for Students of English as a Second Language

International students’ English competency will be assessed according to the SLEP or the TOEFL tests by the ESL Coordinator, and students will be placed into the level of ESL instruction as indicated by their performance. Students who study ESL at Dublin School will take courses in the English department a year below their chronological grade. They will be placed in other courses commensurate with demonstrated ability. Hence, ESL students may graduate from Dublin School with English 11 and U.S. History in their senior year. They are expected to meet all requirements in other disciplines.

Summary Class Listing

Current Core Classes

English 9: Coming of Age in Literature and Composition
English 10: Global Voices and the “Danger of the Single Story”
English 11: An American Conversation

World History I
World History II
US History

Algebra 1
Applied Algebra II
Theoretical Algebra II
Advanced Topics in Mathematics

Introduction to STEM Science

Advanced Levels of French

Advanced Latin

Spanish I Spanish II
Spanish III Spanish III Honors Spanish 5/6 – Spanish Culture & Civilization

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
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 - Topics in Literature
The American Presidency
19th & 20th Century Composers
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
Ceramics I-II
Cinema Studies
Comparative Religions
Computer Aided Design
Computer Music
Considering Questions
Dance I-III
Data Networks
Digital Photography I-III
Drawing I-III
Dubliners/Glee Club
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
Film Reflections
Flash Animation
Fundamentals of Economics
Gender & American Popular Culture
Global Food Systems
Guitar I-III
Historical Inquiry
History by Hollywood
History of Ancient Greece & Rome
History of Islam
Human Geography
Human Rights
Intro to Astronomy
Intro to Electronics
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
Nuclear Issues
Nutrition, Health & Society
Page to the Stage
Painting I-III
Performing Arts
Physics, Energy & Environment
Piano Studies I-III
Play Production
Programming I
Social Movements in America
Sports Medicine
Storytelling with Video
Three Dimensional Design I-III
Toxins and Us
Two Dimensional Design I-III
Voice Studies I-III
Web Design
Woodworking I-III

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