A Multi-Curricular Approach
Hyde has a multi-curricular approach to enriching the whole student. In addition to a commitment to academic excellence, all Hyde students are required to participate in three seasons of athletics, an all-school performing arts show, dormitory life, advising groups, and school meetings. Students are also required to attend all meals and engage in a two hour study hall each academic evening from 7:30 – 9:30 PM. The rigor in their day inspires rigor to achieve excellence, successful organizational skills, and self-discipline.
With an expectation that all students achieve at their intellectual best, Hyde has defined the following requirements for graduation:
Number of Credits*
2 (of same language)
*One full year is equivalent to one credit
Within these parameters, students must include the following courses:
- World History, United States History, Senior History (Ethics or Government)
- Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
- Biology and Chemistry
The academic year is organized into fall, winter, and spring trimesters. Midterm reports are issued each trimester and, at the end of each trimester, students take final exams which assess cumulative knowledge of core course concepts. Trimester grade reports, emailed to parents and guardians within one week of the close of the term, contain a teacher’s comment, the student’s effort grade, achievement grade, and final exam grade for each course.
The effort grade reflects an evaluation of the student’s attitude, effort, and character in the classroom. The achievement grade reflects an evaluation of both the student’s mastery of course material and objectives as well as the quality of work the student completes.
The student’s year end final grade is reported on the spring term grade report. The final grade averages all three trimesters with a weight of 25% effort grade and 75% achievement.
Hyde School grades on a 100-point scale, as shown below with a GPA conversion matrix to the 4 point scale. When calculating GPA, AP courses are weighted with a 10 point bump while Honors courses receive a 5 point bump, though the bumps are not indicated on transcripts or in credit earnings:
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While enrolled at Hyde, students also have the opportunity to take classes for college credit in two ways.
- They can take Hyde School courses for college credit through a partnership with the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Students may earn up to 3 credits per passing class.
- They can attend University of Southern Maine classes in Portland, Maine. Hyde School provides transportation during the academic day. View the USM 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog here.