The Upper School offers a rich, active and dynamic academic program that encourages students to build on their strengths and to explore new areas of interest.
The typical student is engaged academically, artistically and athletically, and every student is required to take multiple courses in the six major disciplines: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Foreign Language and the Arts. The use of technology plays an important part of instruction at every level, and students use technology as a tool to enhance research, understanding, communication and connectivity. Explicitly designed to improve the writing, rhetorical skills and thinking of all students, the curriculum offers approximately 70 courses and prepares students for college, for life and for the challenges of the 21st century.
Program & Philosophy
In Grades 9 and 10, students are enrolled in a number of “foundation” courses that provide them with a platform for advanced study. In addition to these challenging and engaging courses, the freshmen and sophomore academic programs involve travel, specifically to London and in New York City. As Juniors and Seniors, students have the opportunity to take AP courses (12-14 offered annually in virtually all disciplines), to specialize in those disciplines that interest them most to meet extensive graduation requirements and to prepare them for the rigor of college.
By design, courses in the Upper School’s eight-day schedule meet six out of eight days. This permits each class to have several 60-minute periods encouraging deeper classroom discussion and allows students the flexibility to take a wider variety of courses – all of which anticipate the university experience.
In addition to traditional coursework, Upper School students are required to complete a number of unique graduation requirements, including a semester of public speaking, a comprehensive research paper and a Senior Service Project.
Throughout their time in Upper School, students build strong working relationships with adults, in the classroom, in the hallways and through participation in the myriad of clubs, teams and extracurricular activities. Additionally, every Upper School student has an “Advisor” or one teacher who is wholly committed to mentoring them as they navigate the academic landscape over the four years of high school.
Amazingly, students in Grades 9-12 also find time to participate in multiple theatrical productions, various musical groups, over 25 active clubs and numerous service opportunities. Learn more about campus life...
Overall, the Upper School curriculum builds students' confidence, resilience and mastery. As students mature academically, they also become young scholars who can speak with passion about ideas and intricate concepts. In the relatively small and nurturing Upper School environment, Academy students have the opportunity to become leaders whether in the classroom, on the stage, on the playing fields or in all three arenas. Ultimately, the Upper School environment uses genuine academic and extracurricular experiences to challenge, promote and guide the student body, while simultaneously preparing students for college, the workplace and the world in the coming years.