Graduation Requirements

The standard course load at Commonwealth is five or five and a half academic courses and one or two art courses per year. All classes, whether they are full- or half-credit courses, run for the entire year. You must be enrolled in at least four academic courses and one art course each year to remain in good standing. Our minimal graduation requirement is sixteen credits.

Because new students come to Commonwealth from many different types of schools, their training and levels of preparation for our courses vary. We use placement testing and conversations with the Director of Studies and teachers to help us design a first-year schedule suited specifically to your needs and interests. In subsequent years, your advisor (in consultation with the faculty) will help you to shape your program.

The sequence on this page shows a typical five-subject schedule. Bold type indicates graduation requirements.

Progress Through the Curriculum

I'm forever grateful for the rigor of Commonwealth's academic curriculum, for the passion my teachers taught with, and for the school's excellent leadership that allowed us to foster and explore our interests." Amanda Dai ’15