Each student develops an academic program based on the guidance of the academic office. For new students, typically this occurs by mail during the summer. Returning students confer with the academic office. This occurs in May of the preceding year. The typical course load for most students each term is five full-credit courses. Unless otherwise noted, every course meets twice each week for 45 minutes and twice each week for 70 minutes. The average class size is 11.

All students and parents are encouraged to discuss academic plans and concerns with the student’s advisor and the academic office. After appraising the situation, the academic office frequently will involve the appropriate classroom faculty, advisor, or professional support staff. All course selections are reviewed by the Dean of Academics & Faculty. Seniors must also review their course plans with their college counselor.