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A time for exploring and pursuing their own path... a time to expect more

An environment that's more challenging fosters more curiosity, more creativity, and more innovation. Which is why our students identify real-world problems- and solutions- in multidisciplinary units. This all comes together when our juniors and seniors take on college-level research and writing for capstone projects that position them for the academics ahead.

The Path

In ninth and tenth grade, students begin to build a broad academic base that will allow them to explore their passions in the later years of their Upper School career. A wide range of detailed electives, including AP courses and independent studies, lets our scholars take their passions and curiosity to the college level.

For each student, this experience will look different — from participating in internships, world travel, and summer study programs; to designing literary magazines, research projects, and community service endeavors; and examining, observing, and improving themselves, others, and the world around them.

Learning becomes more individualized as students question, analyze and defend their theories during their junior thesis project. The Upper School places special emphasis on interdisciplinary writing and communication so that our graduates will express themselves cogently about the subjects on their expanding horizon.

Our senior year culminates with the senior thesis project, in which students undertake the task of "creating something that satisfies intellectual curiosity." While some have chosen to express their findings in traditional research papers, others have created documentary films, developed architectural designs and websites, staged original plays, and written a guidebook for parents of children diagnosed with autism.


Our Upper School faculty's task is to anticipate the 'new world' as best they can in order to properly prepare your children. Effective educators today understand that the effective leaders of tomorrow will be required to embrace diverse perspectives, think critically, and solve problems more than any previous generation.

Discover new courses for 2019-2020:

Contemporary American
Short Fiction

Probability & Statistics


Applied Environmental
Science & Ecology