Academics

A Process of Intellectual Discovery

    • Molly T. MacKean, Ph.D.

      Molly T. MacKean, Ph.D.

      Academic Dean

Drew's curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning, collaboration, and searching for true understanding. In the classroom, our teachers will mentor you as you grow intellectually and develop your critical and creative thinking abilities. You'll blossom into an outstanding communicator with a global perspective. Perhaps most importantly, you'll deepen your commitment to integrity and balance. We want the skills and understandings you gain here to be alive, and for you to take them with you and use them throughout your life.

From delving into exothermic reactions in Biology as a 9th-grader to in-depth, college style classroom discussion covering a variety of demanding text in English 4 seminars as a 12th-grader, Drew's coursework will challenge you to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally both in and out of the classroom.

I invite you to explore our academics more deeply, reading below about our academic departments, our learning support structures, and spaces, as well as our rich tradition in experiential education. You can also learn about our course catalog and our graduation requirements.

Bell Schedule

Drew’s unique schedule is carefully designed to maximize your learning while making plenty of space for community time, athletics, experiential pursuits, and more.

An overwhelming amount of research has emerged that decisively shows how more sleep in the morning benefits teenage health and performance in school. That’s why at Drew, the school day begins at 9:15 a.m. twice a week: so that you can approach the school day better rested.

At Drew, you’ll be enrolled in six classes each semester with one class period free as a prep period. Drew students like to use that prep period to stay on top of their school work, enjoy reading, socializing, or meeting with an adult on campus.

Graduation Requirements

Department Requirement Courses & Notes
English 4 years English 1, English 2, English 3, and English 4
Social Studies 4 years World History 1, World History 2, U.S. History, U.S. Cultural History
Mathematics 3 years* Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
Science 3 years* Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
World Languages 2 years** Two consecutive years of American Sign Language, French, Mandarin, or Spanish
Visual and Performing Arts 2 years Two of any full-year Visual or Performing Arts courses
Academic Electives 6 years Six additional courses from any of the above disciplines

* Although the graduation requirement is three years, students are strongly encouraged to take four years in order to deepen their academic experience and position themselves well for college.
**Although the graduation requirement is two consecutive years in one language, students are strongly encouraged to take at least three consecutive years, if not four, in order to deepen their academic experience and position themselves well for college.

Become part of the Drew Dynamic!

Drew knows and believes in teenagers. We engage each student in a process of intellectual discovery to develop an individual voice, the confidence to express it, and the empathy to understand its impact.
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