Overview, Sequencing and Curriculum Guide
Students at Bishop Seabury follow a core curriculum. They focus their scholastic efforts in six primary disciplines: Creative Arts, English, Languages, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Elective offerings are limited so that students will achieve greater depth of instruction in core subjects. Through this core curriculum, we strive to provide students with in-depth knowledge and to create in them confidence in their own abilities. We hope to create lifelong learners through meaningful course instruction that always points forward to the next level of mastery. The curriculum as a whole is designed to provide students with a background that will prepare them for success at selective colleges and universities, but we also believe that these skills will serve them throughout their lives. All students at Seabury experience significant challenges at each level of instruction, but some students will choose to further challenge themselves through honors courses and Advanced Placement preparation.
Students follow a traditional sequence of classes in most disciplines. Transfer students sometimes enroll at Seabury with prerequisite courses out of sync with the Seabury curriculum sequence. The school will attempt (but cannot promise) to accommodate those students if the schedule of courses provides that option.
In math classes, there are two sequences to the curriculum, culminating in either Calculus I or Calculus II, and students are expected to be in one or the other. Parents are strongly advised not to try to accelerate students beyond the appropriate sequence of math classes. Our experience demonstrates that—in almost every case—students are more successful when they can master and better comprehend the math concepts appropriate to their age instead of simply trying to “move ahead” as fast as possible in the math program. There are more appropriate opportunities to broaden or deepen a student’s math experience without moving faster in the sequence, including self-study in applied math and working on math contest materials.
On rare occasions, the administration may find that a student is a candidate for acceleration in the math sequence, but in those instances, parents must understand that a student may be accommodated out of sequence one year but perhaps not in following years. In such a scenario, a student may have to repeat a math class or continue math education outside of Seabury.
In short, the school cannot be responsible for providing a consistent math education for students who are out of sequence for whatever reason. Parents who would like more information about the math scope & sequence or scheduling in general should meet with the Math Department Chair and Academic Dean.