Academy Academics

A Curriculum That Challenges and Inspires

Comprehensive college-preparatory classes prepare students for future success—in any field. Students attend class from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, merging accelerated academic instruction with intensive artistic studies. Arts and academic instructors collaborate to provide a holistic approach to learning where math, science, history and literature complement a student's creativity.

The academic faculty use students' strengths as creative learners to develop greater appreciation for academic subjects. The process opens students' eyes to the sciences and humanities while preparing them for the rigors of the world's most competitive colleges and universities.

Graduation Requirements

The minimum requirement for graduation from the Academy is 22 credits. Credits transferred from other high schools count towards this total. A minimum of 10 of the 22 credits must be academic courses that include the specific requirements outlined below. Classes are worth 0.5 credit per semester unless otherwise indicated in the course description. Additional coursework beyond the minimum requirements is selected from a variety of electives to fulfill arts major requirements and to satisfy anticipated college/conservatory entrance requirements. 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) Subject Area

  • (1.0) 2 semesters of English I (grade 9 equivalent)
  • (1.0) 2 semesters of English II (grade 10 equivalent)
  • (1.0) 2 semesters of English III (grade 11 equivalent)
  • (1.0) 2 semesters of English electives successfully completed during grade 12
  • (2.0) 4 semesters of Social Science (2 semesters must be completed in grades 11 or 12)
  • (2.0) 2 years of Mathematics
  • (1.0) 1 year of Science 

College/Conservatory Expectations

Most colleges recommend students take at least 16 academic credits in high school, including:

  • 4 credits in English
  • 3-4 credits in Math
  • 3-4 credits in Science
  • 3-4 credits Social Science
  • Minimum 2 credits in the same Foreign Language


Student Schedules

A typical student schedule includes six to eight classes per semester. Students often supplement with online classes taken over the summer. Below is an example of a common academic path, though students will work with Academic and College Counseling to determine an individualized plan:

Grade 9

Interlochen 101

English I


Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II

Spanish or French

2-4 Required arts courses and electives

Grade 10

English II

World History

Geometry, Algebra II, or Precalculus

Spanish or French

2-4 Required arts courses and electives

Grade 11

English III

US History

Chemistry or Physics

Algebra II, Precalculus, or Advanced Math

2-4 Required arts courses and electives

Grade 12

English Electives (2)

Science Electives (2)

Advanced Math, Precalculus, AP Calculus or Statistics

3-5 Required arts courses and electives


Postgraduates are required to take one academic subject each semester and 3-5 arts courses and electives.


Course Catalog

College Credit

Interlochen Arts Academy students are able to earn college credit while taking their academic courses. We have partnered with Indiana University’s Advance College Project, a concurrent enrollment program administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Indiana University. When you enroll in an IU course through ACP at Interlochen Arts Academy, you receive both high school and college credit. The college credit is the exact same as you would receive if you took the course on the IU campus. Please note, these are not online classes. Interlochen faculty members, trained through IU, teach these courses in a face-to-face format on campus.