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High School

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
High School at Belle Meade Montessori School

Our high school program (grades 9-12) cultivates responsibility, thoughtfulness, and independence. We strive to promote self-discovery, self-evaluation, long-term thinking, synthesis, and analysis while fostering a level of intrinsic personal standards and motivation among our students as they enter young adulthood and begin planning for the future. At Belle Meade, high school students engage in active learning and connect with the outside world as part of an innovative and creative environment that is as rigorous and demanding as it is encouraging and accepting.

Belle Meade School adheres to the Virginia Department of Education Advanced Diploma requirements for high school while providing a unique and rigorous academic experience that focuses on individual strengths, learning styles, interests, and goals.

Course Descriptions

Belle Meade High School Graduation Requirements

High School Classes

Advanced Mathematics/Pre-Calculus

The integration of geometry, algebra, and trigonometry is the goal of pre-calculus.  Detailed study of polynomial functions, exponential and logarith…

Algebra I

Algebra is the study of numerical patterns and their abstract representations. Students represent and analyze these patterns using functions, operatio…

Algebra II

This course is intended to build upon the concepts developed in geometry and Algebra I.  The course covers advanced topics in algebra such as polynom…

American History II

American History II expands on the foundation laid in American History I. Students delve deeper into research and analysis as they study key events in…

American Literature

Students will read classic and contemporary works, by American authors, in a mix of mediums, including poetry, prose, essays and long-form works. Crit…

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy is a branch of Biology concerned with the scientific study of the physical structures of organisms. The structures of insects, amphibians, rep…

Art

Using traditional techniques and emerging technologies, this class emphasizes exploration, analysis, and investigation of the creative process. Studen…

Biology

This course uses problem-solving techniques to explore living systems. High School Biology includes a variety of hands-on experiments and challenges s…

British Literature

Students will read classic and contemporary works, by authors from the British Isles, in a mix of mediums, including poetry, prose, essays and long-fo…

Chemistry

Chemistry is focused on the study of the structure and composition of matter, and the changes that occur to matter during various chemical and physica…

Drama

All students participate in drama lessons which include improvisation, drama games, and exercises. Students produce and act in a Broadway quality musi…

Electives

Electives are offered based on student interest and need. Past classes include Foods, Yearbook, Gardening, Robotics and Multimedia Production.

English I – Writer’s Workshop

Students will develop their self-expression through the creative writing process. They will be expected to write every day, including journaling, essa…

English II – Writer’s Workshop

Students will continue to develop their self-expression through the creative writing process. In this course, special emphasis will be placed on devel…

Geometry

Geometry is the study of spatial reasoning. Students learn properties of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures, classical reasoning, geometric…

Government and Economics II

Students learn the foundations and principles of government by studying the works of contemporary and historic political authors.  The study the cons…

Horsemanship/Riding

Our equestrian program offers a wide range of activities that serve beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. Students will be introduced to a wide…

Human Intimacy and Relationships Round Table

Interest in human intimacy is a natural attribute of adolescence that ties directly into self-concept and a developing self and social identity. This …

Integrated Science

Students study the fundamentals of physics, chemistry, earth, and space sciences.  This course introduces students to the scientific method and allow…

Microeconomy

Students gain real life experience and develop independence as they engage in practical economics. Students learn economics by creating and running th…

Music Literacy

Our music program offers instrumental and vocal students an arena in which to develop skills and public performance. Fundamentals of reading music and…

Physical Expression

Physical Expression (Phys. Ed.) focuses on exploring and engaging in outdoor physical activities that can be continued throughout life. Students gain …

Physics

Physics is the study of the properties of matter and energy. The course will cover the topics of classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and …

Spanish I

In Spanish I students begin to develop communicative competence in speaking, writing, comprehending and reading Spanish and expand their understanding…

Spanish II

In Spanish II, the study of reading, writing, speaking, and listening continues as more complex grammatical structures are introduced. With more commu…

Spanish III

Spanish III continues development of listening, reading, writing, speaking, interpersonal communication and cultural awareness. Complexity and compreh…

Statistics

Statistics is a branch of mathematics that deals with the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Students will study and analyze…

World History I

World History I course covers human history up to 1500 CE. Students will research and learn about human development and ancient cultures from around t…

World History II

In World History II students will engage in a study of the political, cultural, social, and economic conditions from 1500 to present. Students hone th…

World Literature

Students will read classic and contemporary works, by authors from around the globe, in a mix of mediums, including poetry, prose, essays and long-for…