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Upper School

Isle of Wight Academy’s Upper School curriculum offers students a rigorous academic program designed to prepare a student for college, while providing individualized attention from a caring and experienced faculty that ensures each student receives the individual attention that he or she needs.

There are six periods in the day, with several fine and performing arts courses offered on an elective basis before and after the six-period school day ends. IWA offers numerous AP and dual credit classes; in fact, an IWA graduate may earn approximately 50 college credits before leaving the Academy. A break period and lunch period offer students breaks throughout the day.


Upper School Courses

English Department
-8-12th Grade English
-Dual Credit English (11th Grade)
-AP English Literature (12th Grade)

Mathematics Department
-Algebra I
-Algebra I Part I
-Algebra I Part II
-Algebra II
-Geometry
-Advanced Math
-Consumer Math
-Applied Math
-Calculus

Foreign Language Department
-French I-V (Dual Credit French IV)
-Spanish I -IV (Dual Credit Spanish IV)

Social Studies Department
-World History
-World Geography
-US and VA History
-US and VA History (Dual Credit)
-US Government
-US Government and Policy (AP)
-Sociology
-Economics (Dual Credit)
-Current Events

Science Department
-Physical Science
-Earth Science
-Biology
-Dual Credit Biology
-Chemistry
-Physics (Honors)
-Dual Credit Oceanography
-Honors Anatomy

Physical Education/Drivers Education Department
-8-10th Grade PE and Health
-Advanced P.E.
-Drivers Education

Technology Department
-Introduction to Business
-Computer Applications
-Dual Credit Computer Applications
-Dual Credit Yearbook

Fine and Performing Arts Department
-Audio Visual Technology
-Upper School Band
-Forensics Class
-Chorus
-Music Appreciation
-Art I – II
-Photography

Credits Needed for Graduation
Credits for Graduation from IWA Our school offers two diploma tracts. The 24-unit diploma is our advanced diploma. This diploma program requires the student to receive units in the following domains:

English 9-12 4 units
U.S. and Virginia History 1 unit
U.S. and Virginia Government 1 unit
World History or World Geography 1 unit
Mathematics 3 units
Science 3 units
Health and Physical Education 2 units
Foreign Language (French or Spanish) 3 units
Computer Applications 1 unit
Electives 5 units



To earn an Advanced Studies Diploma, students must complete a mathematics sequence which includes Algebra I and two courses above the level of Algebra I, and a science sequence which includes three units from Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Dual Credit Biology, Dual Credit Oceanography, and Honors Anatomy.

Our 22-unit diploma requires the student to receive units in the following domains:

English 9-12 4 units
U.S. and Virginia History 1 unit
U.S. and Virginia Government 1 unit
World History or World Geography 1 unit
Mathematics 2 units
Science 2 units
Mathematics or Science 1 unit
Health and Physical Education 2 units
Computer Applications 1 unit
Electives 7 units