A minimum of 6 credits are required each year in grades 9–12, and a minimum of 24 credits are required for graduation. Although Doane Academy has minimum requirements, most students aim for the maximum coursework they can complete in a given year.
Doane Academy operates on a trimester system. Each course carries a credit-weight reflecting the class time commitment: 0.33 credit for a single trimester, 0.66 credit for two trimesters, and 1 credit for a full-year course.
The Doane curricular system also includes ‘cycles’ for each grade level of courses, rotating by trimester, which focus on college preparation, character and leadership.
Departmental Graduation Requirements
English - 4 credits
Mathematics* - 3 credits (including at least Algebra II)
Social Studies - 3 credits
World and Classical Languages - 3 credits (including level III as a minimum)
Science - 3 credits (including Biology and Chemistry)
Fine/Performing Arts - 1 credit
Grade Level Cycle - 1 credit per year
Physical Education (No credit/pass-fail requirement achieved through participation in extracurricular athletics)
High School-level coursework earned prior to 9th grade:
Algebra and Geometry credits earned prior to 9th grade will be included on the high school transcript, but all students must earn 3 additional mathematics credits in grades 9-12.
Level I or II World Language credits earned prior to 9th grade will be recorded on the high school transcript, but students must also earn 3 additional credits in their chosen language while in grades 9-12.