It's no secret that the quality of civil discourse has declined in recent years. From pundits who shout over each other on news programs and strangers who lob insults back and forth on social media, our children are witnessing adults who increasingly lack the humility, listening skills, and confidence to disagree with respect.
The quality of Country Day’s college preparatory program is most evident in our Upper School, as students begin to manage more courses and activities and take more responsibility for the choices they make. With the help of outstanding faculty members, coaches, advisors, and mentors, Country Day Upper School students become excellent writers, researchers, and problem-solvers who are fully prepared to make their way in the world.
New responsibilities and a growing sense of self prepare Upper School students to succeed.
Upper School prepares students for life beyond Country Day through exceptional opportunities to:
- Participate in student government, assist their peers, and serve as role models for younger students.
- Cultivate an appreciation for the arts through classes that include drawing, design, photography, art history, and award-winning music and theater programs.
- Achieve at the highest levels of competition as scholar-athletes representing Country Day.
- Complete college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses that fulfill college requirements and put them ahead as they begin their college careers.
- Study abroad and welcome exchange students from all over the world to the Country Day campus.
- Join student-led organizations that include more than 30 clubs and a wide variety of community service opportunities.
Country Day students reach Upper School prepared for a deeper academic focus. They are supported by a rotating class schedule, which allows daily time with a faculty advisor and participation in service, special interest, and affinity clubs.
In early October, Interact Club held a letter-writing project to support residents of the long-term care facility, White Oak of Waxhaw.
Country Day offers Upper School students multiple, rigorous academic paths on their way to becoming fully prepared for college. Country Day students performed exceptionally well for the 2019–20 academic year.
We are proud of our 115 seniors who will attend 62 different colleges and universities in 25 states, Washington, DC, and Canada. Country Day Ready!
In one of her final assignments for IB English 12, Toni-Ann Ocloo reflected on how the history she is living through has left its mark on her, while teaching her to never take time for granted. Her teacher, Vicky Waldthausen ’08, calls Toni-Ann’s work thoughtful and quietly brilliant.