All our students will graduate with at least one credit earned in each of the following disciplines: Engineering, Computer Science, Debate and Logic. One credit of Life and Study Skills is also mandatory, as is one credit of College and Career Planning. Finally, 120 hours of physical education are required, which can be completed at home or through organized sports. We consider classes that may be optional at other schools—art, computer science, engineering—to be crucial in giving our students a well-rounded modern education.
Core CurriculumWhile we believe in a Universal Design type of curriculum, many core elements of our curriculum are familiar. Every student must take four years of Math, English, Social Studies and Science. Students who enter Ampersand School in the freshman year of high school instead of transferring from elsewhere later on will also take four years of a foreign language—the same one throughout, so that they graduate with some degree of fluency—and four years of art (history, criticism and practice).