Dear Shepaug Community,

The Academics tab of the Shepaug Valley School Website will provide you with access to comprehensive information focused on the educational program of Shepaug Valley School. This site includes all of the information that is traditionally shared in a hard-copy course catalog, including all of our academic and grading policies and an extended syllabus for each course taught at Shepaug Valley School. Each syllabus includes a course description, a detailed course outline with summative assessments, and basic classroom policies. 

For the 2019-20 school year, we would like to draw your attention to the Required and Elective Course Offerings 2019-20 document, which is another document in this section. This document lists each course offered at Shepaug by discipline, including credit awarded, prerequisites, and weighting (college preparatory, honors, or advanced placement). In addition, the document explains all curricular changes for the 2019-20 school year. This information will be most helpful in future planning meetings with the school counselors.

With regard to syllabi for the upcoming school year, you can scroll down on this page to access syllabi. Each course syllabus will be created and published by September 15, 2019 for semester one, and by December 19, 2019 for semester two. Until then, many syllabi from last school year are still available for your review and can be an excellent source of information for planning purposes.  Please note that most syllabi follow the same format for ease of reading.  However, advanced placement (AP) syllabi follow the format approved by College Board for each specific course.

Please note that the Shepaug Student Life Guidebook, which focuses on conduct and attendance policies, is published under the QuickLinks section of the home page.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or concerns that you may have. Thank you for your continued support of Shepaug Valley School.


Kimberly Gallo, Principal
Mike Croft, Associate Principal
Matthew Perachi, Athletic Director/Dean

Courses & Syllabi

Humanities, World Languages & the Arts

In Shepaug’s Humanities, World Languages & the Fine Arts Programs, students move through a progression of required and elective courses designed to address Common Core State Standards and our Shepaug Learner Outcomes. Rich in content and ideas, these courses include a comprehensive body of literary and historical sources that enable students to develop their skills in reading, writing, research, speaking, listening and critical thinking. Our courses also reflect the philosophy of the Connecticut Secondary School Reform as our study of Humanities includes a commitment to World Languages and Fine Arts to create an authentic context across the disciplines. As educators in the twenty-first century, we understand that isolated coursework is not enough to provide our students with skills and perspectives that will give them the competitive edge that they need in society.

Every student at Shepaug is required to earn at least one credit in the Fine Arts and is encouraged to learn a World Language. In addition to these requirements, students will be exposed to learning experiences that connect Fine Arts or diverse cultures with their studies through venues such as interdisciplinary field trips or projects. Our courses are heterogeneous with an emphasis on the differentiation of instruction and personal choice.

Beyond these required courses we offer many electives to meet a wide range of interests, abilities and possible career paths. The electives include AP, honors courses, and Honors Challenge, as well as the possibility of independent research and online courses. Teachers, guidance counselors, parents and students work collaboratively to help each student design the course of study that best reflects his or her talents and academic goals. Humanities Department: English Language Arts and Social Studies.

English Language Arts

Social Studies

World Languages

Visual Arts

Music & Performing Arts

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

STEM fields are those academic and professional disciplines that fall under the umbrella areas of science, technology, engineering and math. According to both the United States National Research Council and the National Science Foundation, the fields are collectively considered core technological underpinnings of an advanced society. Evidence abounds in political and academic forums that the strength of the STEM workforce is viewed as an indicator of a nation’s ability to sustain itself.

At Shepaug, we strive to create opportunities for learners to work effectively as individuals and in groups to resolve problems in new and creative ways.  Students are taught and encouraged to inquire, analyze and solve problems, and then demonstrate how and why they arrived at their decisions. We offer both required courses and electives, created to meet differentiated interests, abilities and possible career paths. The electives include AP and honors courses, as well as the possibility for independent research. Teachers, guidance counselors, parents and students work collaboratively to help each student design the course of study that best reflects his/her talents and academic goals.

Rigor inspires students to stretch beyond their individual comfort zones to embrace and master meaningful challenges and begin to define their own interests, potential and direction. Rigorous learning is characterized by higher-order thinking, deep understanding of important ideas, critical self-reflection, and the integration and application of knowledge and skills with an eye toward the larger world. Rigor should pervade every course, at every level, in every content area. (Connecticut State Department of Education: Connecticut Secondary School Reform, 2010)