Our Upper School students participate in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with course offerings taught at the College Preparatory, Honors and Advanced Placement levels. Within a close-knit, nurturing school community, we provide opportunities for our students to learn responsibility, pursue their interests and become thoughtful, independent learners. Each student is equipped with tools and skills to succeed at a variety of college environments.
A few of our core tenets include:
Students are known and supported
A frequent description heard from our families is that our teachers, advisors, and staff know and support each one of our students. Small class sizes, classroom settings that foster discussion, passionate teachers that challenge and mentor their students, and peers that enthusiastically encourage each other all contribute to this sentiment.
Students are well-counseled by their teachers, advisors, department chairs, school counselor, the Director of College Counseling, Dean of Faculty and the Dean of the Upper School in their academic and social pursuits. Our emphasis on enhancing the student experience is a personalized process, from new student orientation to the intricacies of the college process.
Intellectual curiosity and learning
Our students learn advanced writing skills and become more globally aware through study of world languages and an internationally focused humanities curriculum. They use inquiry, laboratory settings, and real-world applications to further math and science skills. Students take risks in visual and performing arts, and produce stunningly high-quality works of art.
Our teachers engage students through the use of essential questions and push students to contemplate and critically analyze the material being studied.
Extended teaching blocks of 90-minute classes twice weekly also promote a more in-depth approach in all of our disciplines.
We have a 1:1 Bring Your Own Device program for our 9th, 10th and 11th grade, which will expand to the entire Upper School over the next two years. Our students and teachers utilize devices as tools to further the learning experience. With applications such as Google Docs, our Upper Schoolers collaborate, communicate, and learn responsible use of technology through our proactive technology program and with emphasis on our Honorable Use Policy.
Learning beyond the classroom
Our students learn time management and how to take advantage of resources such as extra help from peer tutors and teachers outside of class. They actively pursue their interests and explore new opportunities in community service, athletics, visual and performing arts, clubs and a variety of academic and interest-driven activities. They learn and further their leadership skills in clubs such as TedEd and through peer leadership. Students develop an ethical and caring approach with participation in Community Service, design art and literary sources for our Mimesis publication, as well as participate in Math League, audition for a role in a theater production or play on a team.
Please explore the links and resources on this page that illuminate these aspects of our Upper School program.