Welcome to Upper School.
The Upper School experience at Episcopal employs a liberal arts curriculum rooted in classical education. As with all divisions, there is a 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.
Faculty and staff are committed to providing individualized support to help students achieve their goals and navigate our rigorous curriculum. 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 May Term, a two-week intensive, experiential learning program that enables students and teachers to dive deeply into dynamic topics from entrepreneurship to architecture to finance. Students may also participate in Global Online Academy, which features small, online courses taught by top independent school faculty from around the world. Students also have access to many AP courses and electives.
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.