While many students opt to take AP exams alongside their IB work, we do not offer AP coursework.
We offer two comprehensive diploma options: IB diploma (IB DP) and Newman's own diploma, which mixes high level and standard level courses along with requirements outside of course content (extended essay, creativity, action and service, amongst others) to help students develop their whole selves across the pillars of the IB learner profile. Many IB DP candidates graduate fulfilling not only high school coursework, but receive college credits, often placing them one to four semesters ahead of first year undergraduate students.
As IB learners, we strive to be: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.
All standardized testing is optional. In lieu of these scores, we will give students a real time writing prompt during the Zoom interview. Students will spend fifteen minutes responding to a prompt in a Google shared doc.
About 40% of Newman families apply for and receive financial aid. It is given based on the need of the family. All families interested in aid must apply through the SSS website by January 31st for the following school year. Please refer to the financial aid page for more information.
For all students, classes begin and 8am with a six-person advisory group led by their advisory teacher. They finish classes at 2:35 or 3:35 depending on the day. They then participate in sports, clubs, activities at the YMCA, volunteer work, and outside activities should they be involved in programs outside of Newman. Students also join clubs and activities during the school day at 10:00. On interdisciplinary project days (every other Wednesday), they begin late at 9:00am.
Varied meetings such as all-school meetings (Tuesday), PCR testing (by houses on Mon. and Thurs.), competitions, games, and presentations from outside groups and organizations intermingle within the schedule.
Grade specific programming:
Students in grades 7 & 8 study Math, English, History, Science, and Spanish. They also take a rotating class of courses in Back Bay Culture (using the city as the campus), East Asian Studies (with foci in Mandarin and culture), Theatre, Design, Music, Art, and Film.
Students in grades 9 & 10 study Math, English, History, Science, one language (Spanish, French, or Latin) and one elective (Intro to Physics, Art Through Ideas, Music, Intro to Film, Intro to Computer Programming, Marine Biology, and a few others depending on the semester).
Students in grades 11 & 12 have highly varied schedules depending on focus points, high level and standard level courses, outside engagements, and diploma choice with options to study genres and specific courses in various mediums.