The Lee Academy Upper School is an accelerated and advanced program for college-bound students of high potential. Small class sizes and teachers with subject area degrees contribute to the successful completion of a challenging program that encourages students to think for themselves. Classes are taught on the honors level involving frequent discussion, extensive reading, analytic writing, scientific methodology, and in-depth exploration as appropriate to the subject area. Advanced honors courses are offered to juniors and seniors based upon availability and faculty approval.
Lee Academy participates in a dual enrollment program with local universities and colleges. Well-qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to explore areas of personal interest in a college setting. In the past several years, Lee students have successfully completed courses such as Calculus, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry Lab, Bio Systems, Psychology, Sociology, and Art History. Successfully completed courses are awarded a full credit.
Minimum Requirements for Graduation
1 credit = 1 year
English- 4 credits Mathematics – 4 credits Social Sciences- 3.5 credits Science- 4 credits Latin- 4 credits French/Spanish/German – minimum of 3 credits Fine Arts/Electives- 6 credits Physical Education/Health – 1 credit Community Service- 100 hours
Adjustments in requirements are made for students entering beyond the freshman year and for special circumstances at the discretion of the faculty. Students are expected to carry a minimum of 6 courses per year.
Upper School Course Offerings
All offerings are Honors or Advanced Honors Courses (*Denotes 1/2 credit)
English World Literature and Composition, Rhetoric and Non-Fiction, American Literature and Composition, English I, II, III, and IV.
Mathematics Algebra I, II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Statistics & Probability,
Social Sciences Modern European History World History, American History, US Government* Humanities* Economics and Financial Literacy,* Current Events.*
Science Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Marine Science, Physics, Physical Science.
Foreign Language Latin I, II, III, IV French I, II, III, IV German I, II, III, IV, Spanish I, II, III, IV.
Fine Arts Art Studio I, II Animation*
Computer Studies Digital & Information Technology, Robotics/Engineering
Not all courses are offered every year.
Students are required to complete 100 hours of documented community service and volunteer their time and talents in a variety of ways. Some of the settings where Lee students have made a difference include museums, various local charities, public schools, hospitals, libraries, and animal shelters.
College and University Acceptance
Agnes Scott, American Conservatory Theater, American University, Art Institute of Tampa, Auburn, Bard, Bard College Berlin (Germany), Boston University, Brown, Case Western Reserve, Clemson, College of William and Mary, Columbia, Cornell, Eckerd, Elon, Embry-Riddle, Emory, Eugene Lang, Florida State, Florida Southern, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Guilford, Harvard, Hillsdale, Marquette, New College, Maryland Institute College of Art, Northwestern, Oxford (England), Pomona, Pont Even School of Contemporary Art (France), Queens University (NC), Rabat International University (Morocco), Rennes Business School (France), Ringling School of Art & Design, Rollins, Rutgers, Sarah Lawrence, St. Leo, Stetson University School of Law, Taylor, Tufts, Tulane, UMass-Amherst, University of Chicago, University of Evansville, University of Florida, UNC Chapel Hill, University of South Florida, University of Nebraska, University of Tampa, Vassar, Virginia Tech, Wilkes and Wooster.