Graduation Requirements

High School

Students attending Pinewood School from 9th through 12th grade are expected to complete the courses listed below. Students entering the school after the 9th grade will be expected to meet as many of these requirements as possible, depending on scheduling and the approval of the academic committee.

• Literature 4 years 12 units
• Writing 2 years
6 units
• Mathematics 3 years 9 units
• Science 3 years 9 units
• History/Social Studies 3 years 9 units
• Modern Language 3 years 9 units
• Physical Education 2 years 2 units
• Visual Performing Arts 1.5 years 4.5 units
• Computer Science .5 years 1.5 units
• Advanced Electives 2 courses
• Community Service 20 hours per year

Courses are weighted according to academic rigor. All college preparatory classes receive 1.5 units per semester, while physical education and some electives receive 0.5 units. Student schedules are based on grade level, fulfillment of graduation requirements, availability of classes, and student request. The minimum high school course load is six classes each semester, or five classes if a student is taking three or more AP classes.

Junior High School

• Literature 2 years
• Writing 2 years
• Mathematics 2 years
• Science 2 years
• History/Social Studies 2 years
• Modern Language 2 years
• Physical Education 2 years
• Arts Curriculum* 1 year
• Computer Literacy 1 year
• Community Service 20 hours per year


*The Arts Curriculum consists of Art, Communications, Theater, and Music.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Our 6th graders ventured to the Marine Science Institute in Redwood City for the Canoes in Sloughs field trip, where they learned paddling techniques, canoe safety, and did chemistry experiments on the water quality.

A Day on the Farm

Our 2nd graders visited Ardenwood Historic Farm, where they learned about the Victorian farm and home life of the Patterson family from the 1800s.

Robust Enrichment + Rigorous Academics | True to Our Roots

Considering our strong foundation, it’s no wonder that Pinewood students’ academic achievements match or exceed those of any school in the area. And with the guidance of our comprehensive, expert-­led college counseling program, our students go on to attend the finest colleges and universities in the nation.