Graduation Requirements

The minimum requirement for graduation from Foxcroft School is the successful completion of 18 academic units (credits) plus a unit of physical education each year a student is at Foxcroft. A unit is the equivalent of a single full-year course. The Foxcroft school year is divided into two semesters; courses of one semester’s length receive one-half unit. The normal program consists of five academic units per year. In exceptional cases and with permission of the Assistant Head of School for Academics, a student may carry a four-course or six-course load.


  • English: 4 units: 1 unit to be taken each year. In addition, international students who are non-native speakers of English are required to satisfactorily complete Foxcroft’s English proficiency test before enrolling in mainstream English and History courses.
  • History: 3 units: World Cultures for freshmen,* U.S. or AP U.S. History for sophomores, and World or AP World History
  • Mathematics: 3 units: the Math core curriculum includes Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Three units of credit are granted for demonstrating competency in these areas, but the number of actual semesters of study may vary.
  • Science: 3 units: Physics or Physics M for freshmen,* Biology, and 1 additional unit for a total of 3 units
  • World Language: 3 units: 3 consecutive units of any one foreign language.
  • Fine Arts: 1.5 units: to be earned in Visual Arts, Music, or Performing Arts.
  • Wellness/Digital Literacy/Ethics: .5 units; required for freshmen*
  • Physical Education: 3 trimesters each year
  • Other: Successful completion of Wintermission term each year.
* These requirements maybe adjusted for students who do not attend Foxcroft during their freshman and/or sophomore year(s).
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An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.