Rutgers Preparatory School
1345 Easton Avenue | Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: 732.545.5600

Academic Acknowledgement Program

The Academic Acknowledgement Program recognizes students graduating with a concentration or emphasis in particular areas of study while at Rutgers Preparatory School. Similar to choosing a "major" in college, this program allows our students to pursue their passions in a way that provides colleges and universities with a greater picture of them through individual programs of study that connect courses and departments. Examples of Academic Concentrations and Emphases and their course requirements are listed below.


Students earning Certificates of Academic Emphasis will complete courses listed below as set by the Department Chairs and the Upper School Administration. Recognition will also be placed on the student transcript.



  • AP Computer Science
  • At least one other post-AP Computer Science course
  • AP Calculus (either AB or BC)
  • At least one other post-AP Calculus course
  • AP Physics or Honors Physics or Material Science


  • Honors English 2 or AP World History
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition
  • AP US History
  • At least one other AP History course in Grade 12
  • At least four consecutive courses in World Languages studies

Science & Research

  • One Chemistry course
  • One Physics course
  • Honors or AP Biology
  • Student Research
  • Advanced Student Research


  • AP Calculus (either AB or BC)
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Linear Algebra or one additional post-AP Calculus course

Visual & Performing Arts

  • Eight full year courses in Music, Visual Arts and/or Theater & Dance (Full year courses may be a combination of two semester courses)


Students graduating with a Fine Arts Concentration will complete four consecutive years of study in one of the Fine Arts programs listed below. Recognition will also be placed on the student transcript.


  • Ceramics
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Music (Band, Orchestra and Choir)
  • Architecture