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High School Years

Students can enter Rutgers Prep in Years 9 – 11. Those students who are academically ready and who have the appropriate language level can enter the School directly.

Key information

Start dates:
September
Course length:
1–4 academic years
Class size range:
15

Entry requirements

Academic:
Completed at least 8 years of Schooling
Minimum GPA 3.0
Submission of Personal Statement
Skype interview required
SSAT required
2 letters of recommendation requires (1 from Math teacher, 1 from English teacher)
English:
TOEFL iBT minimum 80 (please note that there is no conditional entry offered before years 9-11)
Minimum age:
14

School curriculum

The curriculum at Rutgers Prep offers students opportunities to take classes ranging from college level to introductory. Students receive strong foundations in the core academic subjects while at the same time enjoying the flexibility to explore areas of personal interest. Within the curriculum students find typical classes in academic subjects and the arts, as well as more unique classes and signature programs that are specific to Rutgers Prep and its mission.

Students in the Upper School understand the Rutgers Prep motto: Severa res est verum gaudium—"Hard work is true joy." Excellence in the classrooms, the art studios, the athletic fields, the performing venues, and the broader communities in which students live, is a direct result of the effort and commitment they exhibit.

Required courses by year

9th Grade

Required Courses

  • English I
  • Foundations of Civilizations
  • Mathematics
  • World Language
  • Environmental Science OR Chemistry OR Honors Chemistry
  • Arts Elective
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Study Hall

Electives

  • Introduction to Acting
  • Music Electives
  • Drawing and Design
  • Ceramics I
  • Architecture I
  • Computer Design Electives
  • Introduction to Computer Science

10th Grade

Required Courses

  • English II (Regular OR Honours)
  • Mathematics
  • Biology OR Honors Biology OR Advanced Placement(AP) Biology
  • World Language
  • Arts Elective
  • Driver's Education/Physical Education
  • Study Hall

Electives

  • History of American Medicine & Science (HAMS)
  • World History (Regular OR AP)
  • Music Electives
  • Drama Electives
  • Visual Arts Electives
  • Computer Design Electives
  • Computer Science Electives
  • World Language

11th Grade

Required Courses

  • English III OR AP English Language and Composition
  • Mathematics
  • U.S. History OR AP U.S. History
  • Environmental Science OR Chemistry OR Honors Chemistry
  • Health/Junior Seminar
  • Study Hall

12th Grade

Required Courses

  • English elective (full year OR 1 fall semester and 1 spring semester course)
  • Math elective (full year OR 1 fall semester course OR 1 fall semester and 1 spring semester course)
  • History elective (full year OR 1 fall semester and 1 spring semester course)
  • Senior Seminar
  • Study Hall

Junior and Senior Electives (Years 11 and 12)

  • Mathematics Electives
  • Chemistry, Honors Chemistry OR AP Chemistry
  • Physics OR Honors Physics OR AP Physics
  • Topics in Science Electives
  • Student Research
  • Advanced Student Research
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Environmental Science
  • World Language Electives
  • Drama Electives
  • Music Electives
  • Visual Arts Electives
  • Computer Design Electives
  • Computer Science Electives
  • Physical Education Electives

Graduation requirements

  • Full year courses receive 1 credit. Semester courses receive 0.5 credits.
  • A minimum of 20 credits are required for graduation.

English

All students are required to take a full year of English every year.

Mathematics

All students are required to take three and one-half years of Math through Algebra II, plus one elective course beyond Algebra II (either semester or full year). Introduction to Computer Science and AP Computer Science may be considered mathematics electives.

History

All students are required to take Foundations of Civilizations in 9th grade, U.S. History is required for 11th graders, and 12th graders must elect a year of History. 10th Grade History study, although not required, is strongly advised.

Science

All students are required to take two years of a laboratory Science. One year must be a life science (Biology) and one year must be a physical science (ICP or Chemistry or Physics). Advanced study is strongly advised.

World Languages

All students are required to take two consecutive years of the same World Language. Advanced study is strongly advised. Beginning in the sophomore year, students may elect to take two World Languages. International students who start at Rutgers Prep in 9th grade are required to fulfill this graduation requirement, but may delay the start of World Language study until 10th grade, if necessary.

Art, Drama, Music

All students must take two credits in Art, Drama, or Music (Class of 2019 and beyond). Computer Design and Multimedia Design may be considered art electives.

Health

All students are required to take one semester of Health in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade, as well as participate in Senior Transitions in 12th Grade.

Physical Education

All students are required to take one semester of Physical Education in 9th and 10th Grade. Semester electives are available for 11th and 12th graders.

Junior Seminar / Senior Seminar

All students are required to take Junior Seminar in the spring semester of 11th Grade and Senior Seminar in the fall semester of 12th grade.

Community Service

All students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service in each grade level, with at least 5 hours of service taking place outside of Rutgers Preparatory School. Honors level (50 hours or more) and Honors 250 (250 hours or more) are available.