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Upper School

Upper School

Beaufort Academy's Upper School (grades 9-12) prepares students for success in college and for lifelong learning and achievement.  The rigorous college-preparatory curriculum provides opportunities for honors and advanced placement courses as well as wide ranging elective courses.

Beaufort Academy is dedicated to the expectation that graduates be able to read and write as critical thinkers, with writing skills that are concise, expressive, analytical and persuasive. The use of the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing model is continued from the middle grades through eleventh grade. Graduates are expected to be solid oral communicators as well, and to be active listeners who recognize the value of observation and serious use of both logic and creativity.

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are taught in collaboration with individual classes and across the curriculum. At Beaufort Academy, a full time college placement counselor guides Upper School students and their parents through the college application process. 100% of Beaufort Academy graduates matriculate to four-year colleges and universities.

Upper School Graduation Requirements and Class Placement – As a college preparatory school, it is the school’s responsibility to prepare students in terms of study habits and critical thinking skills as well as fundamentals of core academic subject areas which will be of use in college and beyond. To that end, under normal circumstances, each student will be required to complete a minimum of 20 core courses while enrolled in the Upper School, as well as a trimester of Public Speaking and* three trimesters of Arts electives, and successfully complete an Interim each year. (*Students graduating in 2013-2015 require one trimester of Arts elective but may take three trimesters.)

Core courses should consist of:

  • English-four credits
  • Math-four credits, including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry
  • History- a minimum of three credits, including U.S. History and U.S. Government & Economics
  • Science-a minimum of three credits, including Biology, Chemistry, and a third lab class
  • Foreign Language-a minimum of three credits, usually in the same language
  • Physical Education-one credit (participation in a sport counts as 1/3 credit)
  • Additional credits from either any of the core subject areas or any AP course (e.g., AP Psychology or AP European History) Each semester, students must participate in five courses selected from the five core disciplines. A sixth course is expected; course work may include additional core courses, noncore courses, online courses, independent studies, and skills tutorial. The general intent of a sixth course is to support the student’s learning experience and round out his or her transcript in preparation for college.

To enable transfer students to meet typical graduation requirements, schedules will be created on a case-by-case basis, determined by previous courses taken and any relevant placement tests. However, due to the differences in quality of instruction, curriculum, and course weighting that exist from school to school, Beaufort Academy does not include any course taken at other institutions on the official transcript nor will these courses count in the computation of the student’s GPA. In addition, no course taken in the Middle School at Beaufort Academy or elsewhere will appear on the student’s Upper School transcript, be counted toward Upper School graduation requirements, nor computed in the Upper School student’s GPA. Certain courses taken in Middle School, in conjunction with grades received and assessment testing, can be used in determining Upper School placement levels.

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100% of our graduates are accepted by four-year colleges and universities. Currently, BA graduates are attending American University, Appalachian State, Auburn, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, The Citadel, Clemson, College of Charleston/Honors, Converse, Davidson, Duke, Elon, Flagler, Florida State, Furman, Georgetown University, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Hampden-Sydney, Jacksonville University, Lafayette, Lander, Old Dominion, Pace, Rhodes, Roanoke College, Rose Hulman Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, Sewanee, Texas A&M, Tulane, USCB, USC-Columbia/Honors, University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina/Honors, University of Wisconsin, US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, Virginia Tech, Wake Forrest, Washington and Lee, Winthrop and Wofford among others.


In each of the last five years students have received combined college scholarship offers in excess of $2,500,000 per year, including Heritage Scholars, Rotary Scholarships, Kiwanis Scholarships, Palmetto Fellows and South Carolina LIFE Scholarships.


More than 75% of our Upper School students participate in school enrichment programs including interscholastic athletics, drama productions, chess club, quiz bowl, music programs and Interact.