Academic Curriculum

Nonnewaug High School's curriculum is designed to give students the tools to become life-long learners to meet 21st century learning expectations and to ensure that students graduate college and career ready.

Nonnewaug’s Program of Studies is comparable to other public high schools in Connecticut and is designed to prepare students for admission to a four-year college, technical school, the military or the workforce. Students and their parents or guardians work in conjunction with our School Counseling Department in developing their individual course of study.

Additionally, the partnership with the University of Connecticut Early College Experience (ECE) is a concurrent enrollment program that allows motivated high school students to take UConn courses at their high schools for both high school and college credit.Courses are offered at different levels of study including college prep and academic as well as Advanced Placement and Honors courses for those students who meet the criteria.

Click on the subject area links under Academic Curriculum for a complete description of course offerings at NHS.

In determining class rank, Nonnewaug High School uses a weighting system that takes into account the level of course difficulty. This gives students attempting a more challenging curriculum a higher standing, and is particularly important on college applications.

  • AP courses and UConn ECE courses will have the grade earned multiplied by 1.25.
  • Honors courses will have the grade earned multiplied by 1.17.
  • College prep courses will have the grade earned multiplied by 1.09

AP Courses

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • Music Theory
  • Physics I and II
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art/Drawing
  • United States History
  • AP Capstone


  • Animal Science
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Horticulture
  • Horse Management
  • Physics
  • Statistics

UCONN ECE Information for 2019-2020

Students enrolled in UConn ECE classes for next year need to register/apply to UConn as part of the process. UConn will be at NHS Friday, May 31 periods 6 and 7 in the LMC to assist. Students MUST pick up registration materials in the Counseling office beforehand and have a parent signed, uploaded consent form on hand

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Graduation Requirements

  • English 4 credits
  • Mathematics 4 credits
  • Social Studies 3 credits (including US History and Civics)
  • Science 3 credits (including a lab science)
  • Technology .5 credit
  • Physical Education 1 credit
  • Health .5 credit
  • Fine Arts/Vocational 1 credit
  • Electives 6 credits

Total *23 credits

Students who plan to attend college should also take 2-3 years of a single world language, and chemistry. For those students who seek acceptance to a competitive college or university, it is recommended senior year include additional science and history courses.

Measurement of achievement of learner expectations are described under each department’s course descriptions. Students must demonstrate proficiency in math, science, reading and writing as determined through district assessment.

Graduation Plan