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Upper School

Developing great thinkers

Wakefield's Upper School balances its strengths in focused and in-depth academics with a committed, close-knit community dedicated to supporting one another and celebrating each individual's accomplishments, whether they occur inside the classroom or without. The Wakefield Courtesies form the backbone of our academic life, guiding us with standards of civility that make our school a safe and healthy place to find our purpose and pursue our passions, whatever they may be. We are committed to fostering capable, ethical, and articulate citizens who will seek the challenge, make a difference, and live extraordinary lives, each in his or her own way.

...and good people.

It's one thing to provide rigorous academics that challenge students to think critically, apply their knowledge, and grow through classroom- and project-based learning. It's quite another to create a culture of thoughtfulness that helps young people develop character, leadership skills, and genuine care for others.
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Here at Wakefield School...

We believe that it's not one or the other. It's both. The first of our Wakefield Courtesies reminds us that we are here seeking not only wisdom, but the virtue to employ it for the good. The Courtesies as a whole are standards of civility that allow us to build relationships in our classrooms, our gym, our entire community, such that the well-being of each person matters to every other. 


Our Upper School students are surrounded and supported by a robust network of teachers, advisors, college prep counselors, and coaches who encourage them to unearth their passions and pursue them to the highest degree, through the curriculum and through engagement in the school community and its opportunities. Wakefield's private high school students are active in their student government, competitive athletics, the arts, the school's award-winning literary magazines, and a wide array of clubs, activities, and opportunities for service.