Upper School Distinguished Programs
Realizing a student’s full learning potential.
The Upper School offers a multi-layered approach that helps all students appreciate their learning style, become self-advocates, and achieve their fullest potential as learners.
We offer over 30 clubs that meet weekly. Popular clubs include Chess, Debate & Seminar, Dragon TV, Film Appreciation, Model Congress, Robotics, and TED Talks.
Students have the opportunity to apply to our Scholars Program and graduate with distinction in one of five areas of study. Through specific coursework and experiential discovery, students will build a portfolio of work they will defend before faculty.
Students may earn distinction in one of five areas:
Aesthetics and Culture
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Students in Grades 9–10 build essential academic and life skills as they discover the power of technology and information, grapple with the impact of the environment and finances on their lives, and advocate for contemporary global and local issues.
Through our integrative approach to the Humanities, students acquire the abstract thinking, research, writing, and seminar skills that are essential to their future success. The Humanities Capstone Senior Project allows students to pursue their passion in a research project of their own design.
Students can pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics in our comprehensive STEAM program. Specialized subjects such as Civil Engineering and Architecture, Software Development, 3D Art, and Forensics allow students to refine their focus in preparation for college.
The Innovation Lab and Roesch Exploratory Learning Initiative position teachers as guides to students engaging with 21st century tools to develop their curiosity, data interpretation skills and ability to conceive, design and construct projects from a variety of materials. Students get hands-on experience with 3D printers, CAD software, weather stations and power tools, and the Gould Observatory provide more opportunities for students to collaborate with our physics teachers in exploring the universe right here on campus.