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

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB/BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • French
  • Physics I and II
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art/Drawing
  • United States Government & Politics
  • United States History
  • AP Capstone Diploma Program
    • Seminar
    • Research


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


(this is a separate process students must complete if they wish the college credit). Please be reminded:

"Enrollments accepted August 15, 2019 – September 30, 2019

Late Application Period: August 15, 2019 – September 16, 2019 with an additional $25 administrative fee."


Students, please check your email for communications from UConn in terms of next steps if you applied !!!

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Graduation Requirements

For Graduates of 2020-2022

  • 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


For Graduates of 2023 and Beyond

  • Humanities: 9 credits English, Social Studies (including US History and Civics) and World Language and fine or applied arts
  • STEM : 9 credits in Science, Math, Technology
  • Electives: 4 credits
  • Mastery-based Assessment: 1 credit

Total 25 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.