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.
AP, IB, and Honors Courses
Students have many options to challenge themselves in areas of interest.
Three Unique Diploma Designations
We offer these diploma designations: International Baccalaureate, Global Scholar, or Conservatory
The current number of clubs offered in the Upper School
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
- Multivariable Calculus
- Advanced Linear Algebra
- Theoretical Physics I & II
- Engineering I & II
- Introduction to Game Development
- Introduction to Programming
- Intro. to Linguistics: Language in the World
- Intro to Theory of Knowledge
- Mythology in Literature: The Hero's Journey
- African-American History
- 21st Century Global Issues
- Library Services
Prerequisite: Sophomore English, or concurrent enrollment in EN213H
Introduction to Linguistics exposes students to the richness and diversity of language through the exploration of one’s own usage, dialects, and language in the media, as well as the evolution and science of English. Studying linguistics enables students to gain a holistic understanding of the living amoeba that is language. Through an introduction to the primary subsets of linguistics, students will develop their skills as critical thinkers and analysts and will gain insight into the multifaceted and growing field of linguistics.
- that intellectual freedom is a fundamental right for all
- that literacy is an essential skill across all platforms and disciplines
- that reading for personal information and enjoyment leads to lifelong learning
- that respect for intellectual and creative property is everyone's responsibility
- Research skills and information literacy
- Responsible use of resources
- Reading for pleasure and personal learning
- Latin America: History, Culture & Traditions
- Quebec: History, Culture & Traditions
- Big Ideas
- Personal & Business Finance
- Senior Project
Prerequisite: Successful completion of SP343H or teacher recommendation
This course will provide an overview of the main historical, economical, geographical, political, and cultural aspects of Latin American and the Latinos in the US. The course will start by studying first the historical and ethnic background of this region of the world in order to later on examine it present economic, cultural and socio-political condition. This course will also analyze the significant challenges and struggles that face Latin America during this era of globalization, including its relationship with the United States, examining several contemporary issues such as immigration and the role of the Latinos in the US.
Prerequisite: French Level IV + department recommendation
In this course, students will learn how Quebec became a predominantly French-speaking province in the predominantly English-speaking continent of North America. An in-depth overview of Quebec history, culture and traditions will include an overview of the French dialect in Quebec and the impact of language attitudes on the Quebec region. This class will provide students the opportunity to practice and improve their French skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) while learning the rich history and culture of Quebec.
The course is designed to give students an introduction to personal and business finance and investing skills they can use for years to come. Students will explore financial career decisions, fundamentals of investing, personal financial protection and personal taxes. Another integral component of the curriculum is the application of decision-making skills that enables students to become more responsible consumers, producers, or business entrepreneurs.
The Senior Project has been a capstone of our students' senior year since 1968. Taking place in the month of May, the program is designed to be an educational extension of the classroom encouraging students to experience an area of interest in a real work environment. Past projects have included public relations and marketing with professional sports team, shadowing at offices of the medical and dental profession, assisting in classrooms, working as interns at radio and tv stations, research assistant in a university's science lab, and many more. At the culmination of the project, seniors will prepare a visual representation of their project via print or digital mediums at a fair style event in June. Members of the community are then invited to attend the fair and speak with the senior about their experiences.
- 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