The MacDuffie School has a long tradition of providing a rigorous academic college preparatory program. The curriculum is designed around the liberal arts tradition where students are educated in many subjects and have the ability to dive into focused and integrated learning experiences. In order to challenge students, the school maintains small class sizes and creates student groups according to abilities and interest.
Students at The MacDuffie School will find a well-rounded and rigorous curriculum that includes a focus on leadership development, global stewardship, and appreciation for diversity. These skills prepare students for the next step in their academic career. MacDuffie alumni find themselves well prepared for their college courses, especially given the curricular emphasis of critical thinking and writing skills. Graduates often display multiple talents and interests that have been nurtured through far-reaching extracurricular programs. In particular, students have the opportunity to work both collaboratively and independently in their course work as well as in community programs, as the skills they learn in these settings translate well to post-graduate life.
Each student must earn a minimum of 20 academic credits in grades 9-12. Of those, the following are required:
- 4 credits (excluding electives)
- 3 credits (algebra I or higher)
- World Language
- 2 credits (taken in the same language for consecutive years)
- 2 credits (two lab sciences)
- 2 credits (excluding electives; including U.S. History)
- 1 credit (either visual or performing arts) – Class of 2012
- 1.5 credits (either visual or performing arts) – Class of 2013
- 2 credits (either visual or performing arts) – Class of 2014 and beyond