To graduate from Dalton, a student must receive a minimum of 19 academic credits and fulfill the requirements in Arts, Health, Physical Education, and Community Service listed below. All students should be computer literate. Specific departmental requirements are:
English, History, Languages, Math, Science, and Computer Science, are considered core courses.
Of these, ninth graders, sophomores, and juniors usually take five per semester, and seniors are strongly recommended to take five (any departure must be approved by the Director of the High School. Seniors must also consult with their college counselor). Because the school values depth of study as well as breadth of knowledge, students may take no more than five core courses, two Arts courses, or two "accelerated" courses (courses indicated with an 'A') without permission of their House Advisor and Director of the High School. One Arts course is taken during the Ninth grade year.