Arlington Catholic Academics

Upper School

Upper School

Academic Requirements

Arlington Catholic High School's requirements for graduation prepare our students for success in college and beyond.
Students must take:

  • 4 years of English
  • ‚Äč4 years of Theology
  • 4 years of Math
  • 3 years of Science
  • 3 years of Social Studies
  • 2 consecutive years of the same World Language
  • 2 years of Physical Education
  • 1 credit Fine Arts/Humanities 
  • Additionally, students must complete required hours of Christian Service throughout their 4 years at AC. See the Ministry tab for more information


We are committed to small class sizes to personalize learning and increase the connections teachers have with their students. Our teacher:student ratio is 1:11. The average class size in the Upper School is 14 with a goal of no more than 19 in a section.


The 2024-2025 Program of Studies is available here.

Grade 9

9th Grade students must take:

English 1
Language (French, Italian, Latin or Spanish)
World History
Physical Education

1/2 Credit of Fine Arts (Choir I, Music Appreciation, Fine Arts Appreciation, or Theater Arts)

Plus one elective course (most students choose Biology)

A specific Program of Studies for 9th Grade is available here.  

Grade 10
In the 10th grade, students must take:
Biology (if not yet taken)
English 2
Language (French, Italian, Latin, or Spanish)
Theology 2
Physical Education
plus 1 or 2 elective courses for a full 6 credit load
Grade 11
In Grade 11, students must take:
Algebra 2
Chemistry (if needed)
English 3
Theology 3
United States History          
Plus elective courses for a minimum 6 credit load
Grade 12
Senior year, students must take:
English 4
Science (if needed)
Social Studies (if needed)
Plus elective courses for a minimum 6 credit load