COLLEGE PREPARATORY CURRICULUM and JUNIOR/SENIOR HALLMARK PROGRAM
Larchmont’s high school curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the college admission requirements of top universities and colleges. Core content area courses and most electives satisfy A-G course requirements for admission to University of California and other highly selective universities.
Currently, we offer five Advanced Placement courses including AP World History, AP US History, AP English Language, AP Biology and AP Calculus AB. In the 2015-2016 academic year, an additional four AP courses, including AP English Literature, AP Government, AP Calculus BC and AP Chemistry will be added to the course catalog.
In addition, 11th grade students take the Junior Research Seminar course in preparation for the 12th grade Senior Seminar where they complete their Senior Hallmark Project. The Senior Project includes an extensive and well-reserached thesis, oral presentation and an action research component focused on an area of each student’s interest. The Hallmark Project is a graduation requirement unique to Larchmont Charter School.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS
High school courses are aligned to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Consistent with Larchmont’s inquiry-based educational philosophy and approach, the CCSS emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills and the experience of reading and writing across the curriculum. Larchmont students therefore explore non-fiction materials from varied academic areas while continuing to read fiction from varied sources and time periods. These experiences serve to help students build the analytical skills necessary to successfully complete their Senior Research Seminar.