Upper School

Students in the Detroit Country Day Upper School are part of a vibrant intellectual community. Our students encounter daily experiences that are challenging, broad, and meaningful. Graduates leave with life-lessons for which our alumni have repeatedly said sustain them throughout their lives.
 

The Upper School curriculum offers strong and varied classes that provide numerous opportunities for students to demonstrate their strengths and develop their potential. The comprehensive college-preparatory program, which includes Honors and Advanced Placement courses in each discipline, are designed to actively engage students in the learning process with a foundation that is EPIIC (experiential, participatory, interdisciplinary, image-rich, and connected). This core foundation is also instrumental to our students achieving academic and problem-solving independence and the key to developing ongoing relationships with faculty and peers by the dynamic classroom environment it creates. 

Upper School students also have the opportunity to obtain an International Baccalaureate diploma, or graduation designations as a Global Scholar or Conservatory Scholar by following curricular protocols set-forth for each of these programs.  

AP, IB, and Honors Courses

AP, IB, and Honors Courses

Students have many options to challenge themselves in areas of interest.

Diploma Designations

Three Unique Diploma Designations

We offer these diploma designations:  International Baccalaureate, Global Scholar, or Conservatory

Clubs

Extracurricular clubs

The current number of clubs offered in the Upper School

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There's an adage that kids don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. And developing a caring environment and establishing rapport with our kids is perhaps the most important thing that we do here.
~ Tim Bearden, Upper School Director and Chief Academic Officer

Sample Courses and Curriculum Features

Math, Science, & Computer Science

We offer coursework for students at every level, including those ready for college-level challenges. Below is a sampling of some of our courses.

Humanities and History 

We offer coursework for students at every level, including those ready for college-level challenges. Below is a sampling of some of our courses.

Language and Interdisciplinary

We offer coursework for students at every level, including those ready for college-level challenges. Below is a sampling of some of our courses.

Curriculum guide

Updated 2.2020

sample Lunch menu

Due to COVID guidelines, lunch selections are limited and are being prepared and delivered to classrooms. Students pre-select dietary options ahead of time.

For visual, performing, and communication arts courses visit our arts pages. For globally focused programming including our International Baccalaureate Programme, please visit our Global Initiatives page.

The goals of the Upper School are to develop:

  • An enthusiastic student with a high level of intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning
  • A well-prepared student with highly developed study skills, one that can adjust to the expectations and rigors of college, career and community
  • A perceptive student with an understanding of technology and its applications to each academic discipline
  • A global student with an appreciation for different cultures and a respect for individuals
  • An ethical student with a strong sense of personal integrity and a willingness to lead
  • A healthy student with a commitment to good nutrition and physical fitness
  • A well-balanced student by addressing social and emotional wellness