SAT: The median SAT composite score for the Class of 2021 is 1530. The average combined SAT score for the Classes of 2019 and 2020 is 1500. SAT and ACT scores for some students are unavailable due to COVID-19 cancellations.
AP: By June 2020, 30 students had taken a combined total of 135 AP Exams. 75% of scores were 4 or 5 ; 93% of scores were 3 or above.
National Merit: 14 out of 33 members of the class of 2021 are National Merit Commended Scholars; Four members are National Merit Semifinalists.
Commonwealth School does not rank students nor confer academic honors.
All ninth-grade courses are graded Pass (P)/Fail (E)
In the Class of 2020, 100% of graduates were admitted to four-year colleges and universities.
Since 2015, the most popular colleges and universities attended by graduates are Brown University, Northeastern University, University of Chicago, Harvard College, UMass Amherst, Haverford College, New York University, Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Swarthmore College. Please see the full report at the bottom of this page for a complete list of colleges and universities.
Most Honors (H) and all Advanced Placement (AP) courses are taught at the college level. AP equivalent (APE) courses have the rigor that is equivalent to or surpasses AP requirements.
Students are required to take one art course per year, choosing from printmaking, drawing and painting, photography, and ceramics. 40% of students take two or more even though they do not recieve academic credit for these courses.
Commonwealth offers courses in French, Spanish, Latin, and Mandarin.
Math and Science
Mathematics and science electives are Advanced Topics in Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Wave Physics, Theory of Relativity, Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, and Differential Equations.
English courses focus on close reading of texts and History courses require three long research papers, one each in Ancient History, Medieval World History, and U.S. History. Electives include Art History, American Culture and Politics, Modern China, History of Japan, Modern Islamic Studies, and Creative Writing.
For more information on complete course offerings, please visit our Courses page and browse by department.
Students must participate in a ninth-grade service project or complete 30 hours of community service.
Every year, students in grades 9-11 design and complete a one-week project or participate in a two-week overseas exchange. One-week projects involve finding and shadowing a mentor in a field of interest. During senior year, students create and complete a three-week project.
Nearly all students serve two weeks out of three on a crew that cleans up the kitchen and lunchroom. Each year, twenty students are chosen as head waiters and supervise the clean-up crews.
Twice a year, the entire school travels to a rural campground on a student-run, adult-chaperoned trip called Hancock. Some students serve as Day Heads, overseeing work and activities for the day. Other students are Head Cooks, who plan meals for 200 people and direct crews of some dozen sous-chefs and waiters. Students also supervise and serve on clean-up crews.