Please click on your major below and review the following sample information on course loads. Information indicates programming, and credit counting it is not placed in period order.
Academic class loads may vary by individual, especially those students transferring in at grades 11 and 12, artistic loads however will remain consistent.
Please see Department course descriptions for division requirements and details.
Concerning Interlochen Requirements
Note the following when contemplating your schedule:
- Due to class size limits the Academy reserves the right to substitute course choices and change requested hours.
- Know the Interlochen graduation requirements
- All students must enroll in and maintain a minimum of five hours of class per day, including at least one academic.
- A private lesson counts as a class period.
- Students wishing to schedule a private lesson outside their major, must audition for the lesson and have the permission of the Chair of the Music Department. A final decision will not be made until studio size is determined in the fall.
- All grade 9 and 10 students must participate and pass the Information Seeking Course (see below for details).
- All 9th grade students must also participate in the Interlochen 101 course.
- Please refer to the Course Description Manual regarding specific requirements for your major.
The minimum requirement for graduation from the Academy is 22 units. A minimum of 10 of the 22 units of credit must be academic courses that include the specific requirements outlined below. Additional course work beyond the minimum requirements is selected from a variety of electives to fulfill arts major requirements and to satisfy anticipated college/conservatory entrance requirements. See COLLEGE/CONSERVATORY EXPECTATIONS section that follows. Students should seek complete information from their counselor in the Academic and College Counseling Office regarding graduation and college entrance requirements.
Requirements for new students, regardless of class year
(Credit) Type of Course
(1.0) 2 semesters of English I
(1.0) 2 semesters of English II
(1.0) 2 semesters of English electives successfully completed during grades 11 or 12
(1.0) 2 semesters of American History or U.S. Political Science *
(1.0) 2 semester of World History*
(2.0) 2 years of Mathematics
(1.0) 1 year of Science
(1.0) 1 year of Physical Education (if admitted during 9th or 10th grades)
(.25) Information Seeking - one semester - all new grade 9/10 students (see course description below)
* (1.0) 2 semesters of the History requirement must occur in grades 11 or 12.
Concerning College Requirements
Note the following when completing your schedule:
- College and Conservatories are not looking for light Senior loads.
- The completed Junior year academic schedule and grades are the ones which will be sent with College applications in the fall of the Senior year.
- Know the requirements for the Colleges you hope to apply to.
Colleges are seeking:
- 4 years of English
- 3-4 Years of Math
- 3-4 Years of Science
- 3-4 Years of Social Science
- Minimum of 2 years of study in the same Foreign Language
Students will work through Naviance to schedule course requests.