Upper School

An education in four years, but for the next four decades,
and beyond.
We provide students with the hallmarks of a classic liberal arts education with an emphasis on reflection, collaboration, and flexibility of thought as they prepared to engage, shape and contribute to an ever-changing world.

Effective learning environments are highly relational. The cornerstone of everything we do in the Upper School is built upon the foundation of the student-teacher relationship. In addition to being experts in their fields, our faculty understand and appreciate the wonder and tensions of adolescence, and they strike the appropriate balance of challenge and support.

As members of classes, advisories, teams, ensembles, clubs, and other community activities, our students are presented with hundreds of opportunities to develop their skills, to expand their horizons, and to pursue their passions. Every student can charter their own unique path through this educational experience.

Building on the Quaker Testimony of Community, we promote global exposure and outreach that begins in the classroom, encompass our city, and expands beyond physical, linguistic, and cultural borders. 

Curricular Highlights

Interdisciplinary coursework. Many Upper School classes are designed to break down barriers and foster collaborative pursuits between disciplines.

Learning beyond the classroom. Upper School students have frequent opportunities to leave campus to engage with and learn from others—in our neighborhood, in our city and through our exchange programs with school communities in China and Argentina.

Independent Study program. Students can design their own courses in conjunction with a faculty member.

Senior Comprehensive Project. During their final semester, seniors complete a project of their own design, with a focus on Public Purpose and in collaboration with a local organization.

Explore Our Upper School Program