A One-Of-A-Kind High School Curriculum


Areté offers rigorous college-preparatory courses, emphasizing the skills necessary for success in challenging undergraduate programs in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to the five traditional high school subjects (English, social science/history, mathematics, laboratory science, and foreign language), our four-year Great Ideas and Symposium requirements produce graduates familiar with basic tenets of philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and political science.

Our High School Graduation Requirements Are:

English – Four Years

Past English Class Themes Include:

  • Defying Societal Gravity: Strong Women of 19th and 20th Century Literature
  • Southern Literature
  • Magic, Mayhem and Miracles
  • Advanced Literary Analysis: Word vs Image — Writing on Literature and Film
  • Advanced Literary Analysis: Ethics, Evil, Faith and Fiction
  • The Construction of the Male Gender in Literature

Mathematics – Three Years

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Advanced Mathematics (Linear Algebra, Number Theory, and Abstract Algebra)

Great Ideas – Four Years

Symposium – Four Years

Social Science – Three Years

  • World History
  • US History
  • 20th Century Political and Intellectual History

Science – Four Years

Foreign Language – Four Years

  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • French
  • Latin

Arts – Four Years

  • Adventures in Art
  • Clay Sculpture
  • Illustration
  • Academic Journal
  • Photography
  • Humor Magazine
  • Computer Programming
  • Rock Band
  • Inventors’ Workshop
  • Idea Lab
  • Fashion Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Film Analysis
  • Photography
  • Culinary Arts
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Yearbook
  • Vocals

Physical Education – Two Years