Curriculum & Culture


In grades five through eight, our Middle Schools, students continue to develop both academically and artistically. All content areas are now divided and taught by department, thus allowing students to experience each subject more thoroughly and distinctly. Novels are read through both independent reading and guided instruction. ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science round out the academic program. Students may take advanced classes in grades seven and eight. If students take Algebra in the eighth grade, they must also take the Keystone exam at the conclusion of the course.



Beginning in middle school, each student chooses a major, and 90 minutes per day are devoted to the pursuit of content and practices in that major. For students in middle school, the Majors are introductory, and serve as preparation for the rigor of the high school Majors program.

Majors evolve based on student interests and enjoyment in the elementary years (grades K-4).  At the Middle School level, Majors are divided into three “Schools,” which include:
School of Performing Arts

Dance:  Classical Ballet and Contemporary

Music:  Vocal Music, String Orchestra, and Concert Band

Theatre:  Musical Theatre and Drama
School of Digital Design & Communication Arts

Digital Design & Fine Arts

Creative Writing
School of Science & Technology

S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)



High School begins in ninth grade and concludes with graduation in grade twelve. A typical ninth grader’s school year consists of five academic blocks, one extended majors class, one lunch period, and one advisory / mentoring period.

High school courses typically fall into one of four categories:

  • College Prep — for average students who will be college and career ready at the conclusion of grade twelve;
  • Honors — for students who are able to pursue in-depth study and who are willing to spend extra time outside of class working independently to complete require additional reading and writing assignments;
  • Advanced Placement — utilizing College Board Advanced Placement curriculum, receive college credit on the completion of a mandatory exam;
  • College courses — begins in tenth grade.

String Theory Schools’ curriculum is aligned with the Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned System (SAS),, and the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards,


High School Courses

Typically high school freshmen take the following courses as part of their core academic program:

  • Genres in English Literature
  • Algebra or Geometry
  • Biology
  • World History
  • French

Both advanced and enrichment programs provide needed support for students who will benefit.

Students in tenth grade usually enroll in the following courses:

  • Geometry
  • American Literature
  • American History
  • Chemistry
  • French I or II

Options exist for students who will benefit from other courses, including both advanced and remedial work.

College programs exist for students beginning in tenth grade, and qualifying students are able to attend local universities for one course per term, in addition to the regular in-school program. Various schools, such as Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania, offer programs for our high achieving high school students. Visit our College Partnerships page.

Students in eleventh and twelfth grade enroll in any or all of the following courses:

  • Math: Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus
  • English: British Literature, World Literature
  • History: US Government
  • Science: Environmental Science, Conceptual Physics, Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Psychology
  • Foreign Language: French I, French II, French III, French IV, AP French

Electives such as Current Events and Forensics are offered based on interest, and announced in March of the preceding year for enrollment purposes.



All students continue to deepen their knowledge and expertise within their Major, as 90 minutes per day are devoted to the pursuit of content and practices in that Major. High School Majors include:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Vocal Music
  • String Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Fine Arts
  • 3-D Character Design & Animation
  • Drama
  • Musical Theatre
  • Television & Broadcast Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • S.T.E.M. (9th Grade Only)
  • Life Sciences & Biotechnology (10th-12th Grades Only)
  • Engineering & Robotics (10th-12th Grades Only)

Our art-infused curriculum places a premium on both academic and performance excellence.

Each Major program delves deeply into the subject, and students develop an immense skill set at the conclusion. As students develop within their Majors, internships and other opportunities exist to work with professionals in their chosen fields.

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Each student plays the violin from kindergarten through fourth grade. Instrumental majors may continue to develop their violin skills or choose to learn the viola, cello, or double bass. Instrumental majors play an integral role in school performances and attend various outreach programs during the school year. They participate in several different musical groups during their high school years.


Our classical dance training allows students to appreciate the discipline and beauty of dance. Elementary students participate in ballet through fourth grade, making them aware of the body as an instrument of expression. Beginning in fifth grade, students expand their skills in both classical ballet and contemporary dance.

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Students in kindergarten through fourth grade attend vocal music class regularly. By the end of second grade, they become musically literate – familiar with music of other cultures and able to write and create short rhythms and melodies. Vocal music majors become members of the school’s Concert Choir, performing throughout the school year. Various choirs are created based on the interests of the students as they progress through high school.


All students are exposed to visual and fine arts both in their classrooms and with a specialist. As they progress through the grades, students develop both technological and fine arts skills. By high school, they choose an area of expertise, and begin to concentrate in that one area. Experience with motion capture and animation provide digital students with a wide array of experiences. Fine arts students develop their skills through more traditional media.



Students in kindergarten through fourth grade enjoy an additional science lab course where they experience the wonder and excitement of science and technology. In fifth grade, students majoring in STEM delve deeper into lab work. Throughout high school, students further narrow their focus with such areas as life sciences and robotics.

Our arts curriculum fosters learning in all curricular areas; thus, preparing our students for higher education, lifelong learning, and a wealth of career options.


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