Courses & Sequences
To qualify for a Wyoming Seminary diploma, students must accumulate a minimum of 18.333 credits in two categories: core requirements and concomitant requirements. 1.00 credit is usually equal to full-year attendance in a course. Trimester courses earn .333 credit.
Core requirements include 16.666 credits, distributed in the following manner:
• English 4.00 credits
• Mathematics 3.00 credits
• Global Language* 3.00 credits of the same language
• History-Social Science* 3.00 credits including Modern World History and U.S. History
• Laboratory Science* 3.00 credits including Biology and another lab science
• Electives .666 credits
* Asterisks indicate that in one of these disciplines, students may reduce the stated requirement by one credit (but in no more than one of these disciplines).
Please note the following: History-Social Science requirements apply to the classes of 2020 and beyond: 3.00 credits including World Civilizations; Modern World History or AP World History; U.S. History, AP U.S. History, or Seminar in American Studies.
Concomitant requirements include 1.666 credits, distributed as follows:
• Health education .333 credit
• Bible .333 credit
• Music history .333 credit
• Art history .333 credit
• Public speaking .333 credit
Students are expected to spend the senior year on campus, following the school’s course of study. Diplomas are distributed at the graduation exercises, scheduled on the official school calendar. All senior and postgraduate students are expected to attend.
Preparing the academic schedule for postgraduate students is a highly personalized process. The Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Director of Scheduling and the Director of College Guidance consult with the student before proposing possible schedule options. Generally, postgraduate students should keep the following in mind when preparing a schedule.
• You must take at least five academic courses in the fall, winter and spring.
• Students should follow a balanced program; rather than “doubling up,” for example, in English or science, they should take courses in each of the various academic disciplines.
• Previous courses of study, standardized test scores, and SAT results are used by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Director of Scheduling and the Director of College Guidance to determine recommendations for postgraduate courses.
• Elective courses are readily available if you have sufficient time and interest; postgraduates have found Public Speaking to be particularly valuable.
• Postgraduate students are required to take an English course during each trimester of their year at Sem. In the fall term they will be scheduled for English 224: Style and Structure, worth .333 credits.