Long Trail School provides students with a rigorous course of study that ensures their success for the future. The curriculum challenges students to establish a strong foundation while providing the skills required to succeed in the 21st century. Our curriculum emphasizes independence and empowers students to become thinkers and creators who embrace learning. LTS is dedicated to small classes that allow teachers to provide attention to each individual.
In order to qualify for a diploma, Upper School students must be currently enrolled and in good standing in the School. They must satisfy the various departmental requirements regarding level of study and proficiency and must successfully complete all requirements. Students are highly encouraged to take courses in all disciplines each year.
Successful completion (passing grade) of a full-year course earns one (1) credit. Successful completion (passing grade) of a semester course earns one-half (1/2) credit. A student must earn a minimum of six (6) credits each semester. Required credits may be met by summer school with prior approval from the Dean of Academics. Students may also complete summer work in order to accelerate into a higher-level course for the following year with prior approval; however, this summer work will not fulfill graduation requirements.
LTS will honor all courses granted credit by the sending school provided the school is an accredited secondary school. LTS will not apply middle school credits to its upper school requirements, nor does it accept independent study credit from other secondary schools.
Middle School Acceleration
Middle school students enrolled in an upper school level course will receive diploma credit for this work.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
IB Diploma candidates must complete course work in six subject areas and pass exams in each. They must also take the Theory of Knowledge course, write an Extended Essay based on the study of an original problem, and complete an extracurricular requirement in three areas: Creativity, Action, and Service. The IB Programme is a natural fit with the vision of the School and the upper school curriculum. The IB emphasis on critical thinking, depth of learning, research, and writing skills underscores the philosophy of our program. The IB Handbook provides detailed information on expectations, costs, and offerings.