Academics

Academic Programs

You will rise to the challenge

Challenge + Community = Confidence

In the spirit of “Actions Not Words,” Mayfield students learn by doing. They embrace learning with joy, and they dive headfirst into new subjects and activities with gusto, knowing they'll find the support they need.

Our Catholic, Holy Child philosophy calls us to rigorously educate each student with values-based learning that promotes independent thinking and strong written, verbal and analytical skills that are so needed in today’s technology driven world. Our teachers are enthusiastic and make learning at Mayfield Senior School interactive, productive, and fun.

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  • 1:7

    Faculty-Student Ratio
    Individualized attention deepens learning and each class becomes an engaging workshop.
  • 100%

    College Acceptance
    Two top-notch counselors guide students and families to discover universities where our graduates will flourish.
  • 16

    Average Class Size
    Students engage in small, confidence-building classes.
  • 26

    AP/Honors Courses
    We challenge girls to learn and study like college students.
  • 6

    Immersion trips
    Students are enriched with Mayfield-sponsored world travel opportunities.

Learning in Action

Curriculum & Faculty by Department

AP & Honors Courses

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  • AP Courses

    Art History
    Biology
    Calculus AB
    Calculus BC
    English Language and Composition
    English Literature and Composition
    European History*
    French Language and Culture
    Latin Mandarin
    Chinese Language and Culture
    Music Theory
    Spanish Language and Culture
    Spanish Literature and Culture
    Statistics
    Studio Art: Drawing
    Studio Art: 2D Design (Visual Arts)
    Studio Art: 2D Design (Photography)
    Studio Art: 3D Design (Visual Arts)
    U.S. Government and Politics U.S. History

    *Not offered in 2017-18
  • Honors Courses

    Algebra II/Trigonometry
    Chemistry
    English 2
    Physics
    Pre-Calculus
    Spanish 2
    Spanish 3
    Statistics* 

    *Not offered in 2017-18

Graduation Requirements

  • 4 units of English 
  • 4 units of Theology
  • 3 units of Mathematics 
  • 3 units of one World Language
    (or two units each of two different languages) 
  • 3 units of Social Studies 
  • 3 units of Laboratory Science 
    (must include Conceptual Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
  • 2 units of Fitness & Wellness
  • 1 unit of Fine Arts
One unit is the equivalent of a full-year course. All students are required to take six classes per semester, plus Fitness & Wellness. Christian Service projects are also required.

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  • Freshman Requirements

    Full-year classes: 
    • Conceptual Physics
    • English
    • Fine Arts
    • Fitness & Wellness 
    • Mathematics
    • Theology
    • World History (French, Mandarin or Spanish)
    • World Language
  • Sophomore Requirements

    Full-year classes:
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Theology
    • World Language (French, Mandarin or Spanish)
    • + one elective
    The elective sophomore year may be either two semester classes or one full-year class in addition to F&W.
  • Junior Requirements

    Full-year classes:
    • English
    • World Language (French, Mandarin or Spanish)
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Theology
    • United States History
  • Senior Requirements

    Full-year classes: 
    • English
    • Government/Economics
    • Theology
    Electives: Seniors may take three full-year electives or a combination of one-semester courses. They are encouraged to draw their electives from academic areas that will strengthen their college applications. Seniors must consult with the College Counselors during the registration process.

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  • Student-Centered Learning

    hands-on experiences, both inside and beyond the classroom, provide a deeper understanding of curriculum material
  • Interdisciplinary Learning

    encourages students to identify and investigate links between their subjects.
  • STEM

    coding, advanced science and math, robotics program prepare 21st-century learners
  • Rigor & Focus

    Most students far exceed the minimum requirements for college admission
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.