Welcome to Upper School.
The Upper School experience at Episcopal employs a liberal arts curriculum rooted in classical education. As with all divisions at Episcopal, there is a particular focus on educating the Mind, Body, and Spirit of each student. Students achieve an unparalleled balance – from the classroom to the field; from the studio to service. Students leave Episcopal having taken personal responsibility for their own education, and prepared for college and post-graduate study.
While the Upper School experience can seem rigorous, our faculty and staff are committed to providing individualized support and nurturing students to achieve their goals. All ninth grade students prepare for the challenges ahead by attending a five-day Outward Bound program before school begins. This course inspires students to discover and develop their potential; a lesson that is then carried to the classroom, where students are challenged to reach beyond what they think is attainable.
As students progress through Upper School, they participate in many unique academic experiences, including JTerm (January Term), a two-week intensive, experiential learning program that enables students and teachers to dive deeply into dynamic topics. Each student selects from a list of 30+ courses that range from entrepreneurship to architecture to finance. Students may also participate in the Global Online Academy, which pairs students with peers from around the world in small, online courses taught by top independent school faculty. Students also have access to many AP courses and electives in Upper School.
The college planning process begins in the 9th grade. Our college counselors meet with parents and guide students through a process of self-evaluation through both individual conferences and class meetings. During junior year, students build their Episcopal resume and begin the application process. More than 100 schools send admission representatives to Episcopal each year to meet with students. Through this guidance process, students and their families choose the most appropriate college, university, or program for them.