Newburyport High School's curriculum is designed around two interconnected premises. First, students will acquire and demonstrate competencies in areas of academics, career options, personal/social relationships and wellness. Second, a major aspect of demonstrating those competencies is successful completion of a core curriculum and elective course work to earn the minimum of 110 credits to be eligible for graduation.
Courses offered are either a semester or full year in length, with most semester courses yielding 2.5 credits and full year courses 5 credits. Each year, every student is required to carry a minimum of 5 core subjects, at least one elective each semester and one semester of physical education/ wellness. Course descriptions are published annually in the High School Program of Studies available through the high school Student Support Services office.