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Curriculum Overview

Cumberland Academy High is fully accredited and meets all state standards and annual expectations. We pride ourselves on having the most knowledgeable and caring teachers who teach the whole child. With student to teacher ratios lower than the state average, our teachers are able to get to know your child and forge a partnership with your family. Like you, we want your student to be successful!

Our curriculum includes core classes such as English Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Students are able to explore their passions in elective classes such as Accounting, Graphic Design, Theatre, Culinary Arts, Criminal Investigation, and Business Information Management. We also offer American Sign Language as well as Spanish. 

Students are required to declare an endorsement in writing. They will be able to change their endorsement with written notification from their parents. Cumberland Academy High offers five endorsement options, giving students flexibility based on individual interests and career goals. Each endorsement category is designed to prepare students to successfully enter post-secondary education or the workforce upon graduation from high school.

In order to demonstrate the highest level of college preparation and to be the most competitive in the applicant pool, Universities recommend that applicants complete the Foundation Curriculum with the Distinguished Level of Achievement, which requires an endorsement.


The Distinguished diploma is required for Top 10% Automatic Admission.


This recommended curriculum includes:


Language Arts (4 Credits)

English I, II & III

Advanced English Course

Options include English IV or Creative Writing


Mathematics (4 Credits)

Algebra I


Algebra II

Advanced Math Course

Options include Precalculus, AP Statistics, DC Statistics


Science (4 Credits)


IPC or Advanced Science

Two advanced Science Courses

Options include Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Science


Social Studies (3 Credits)

U.S. History

U.S. Government (.5 credit)

Economics (.5 credit)

World Geography or World History


Foreign Language (2 Credits)

Both credits must be the same language

American Sign Language is accepted as a foreign language for admission purposes.

Some academic programs have different foreign language requirements; please refer to your universities catalog for information concerning your desired major.

Computer Science is acceptable for admission purposes, however, it may not satisfy the university graduation requirements for foreign language.

Physical Education (1 Credit)

Fine Arts (1 Credit)

Electives (7 Credits)

Requirements of 1 Endorsement