Our innovative curriculum prepares our students for admission to college and inspires a lifelong love of learning. Small, seminar-style classes create a supportive, student-centered learning environment, and with more than 30 AP, accelerated, and post-AP courses, we offer ample opportunities for students to challenge themselves with college-level work.

As an independent school, we are not bound to California’s Common Core standards, but our curriculum is firmly anchored in teaching the same critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills; we like to say that we offer “Core and More.” Our rigorous, diverse offerings balance required and elective courses in English, history, mathematics, science, world languages, physical education, and fine and performing arts. Each year, we review our curriculum to ensure that we continue to offer a state-of-the art program that is aligned with best practices and reflects our dynamic world.

Review our Course Catalog to explore all of our offerings. 

Graduation Requirements

Students are eligible for a Sage Hill diploma when they have completed, with satisfactory grades, the following coursework over four years:

English - 4 years
History and Social Studies - 3 consecutive years through U.S. History or AP U.S. History
Mathematics - 3 consecutive years through Algebra II
Science - 3 years laboratory science
World Languages - 3 years through Level III
Arts - 2 years
Physical Health - 3 years

Four-year participation in both the Service Learning and Spring at Sage programs is also a graduation requirement. 

Sage Connected

Sage Connected courses expand the classroom beyond the physical campus to create a collaborative learning environment. Students connect to their teachers and peers through customized online interactions, frequent in-person meetings and individualized instructor feedback. Sage Connected courses occur outside of the typical school day, giving students flexibility to learn in blocks of time that work for them.

Sage Center Designated Courses

Sage Hill School is excited to introduce a new graduation requirement starting with the Class of 2024 that will require students to successfully complete at least five Sage Center Designated Courses over their four-year journey. For the 2020-2021 school year, Patterns of Civilization will be the first course. A Sage Center Designated Course is one that intentionally incorporates the six core competencies (Character, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Cross-Cultural competencies – collectively known as the Six Cs) into its academic curricula, student expectations and teacher assessment strategy. These courses are aligned with one of the Sage Center’s signature programs (Service Learning, Spring at Sage, Wellness and/or SHIP). The Sage Center Designated Course requirement ensures that a Sage Hill education is aligned with the most critical skills ourstudents will need once their formal schooling has concluded.


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