The Upper School English Department has deliberately explored how students most effectively study and create literature in its printed and electronic forms. Our teachers use varied delivery methods to engage students' different learning styles, deepen connections, and develop critical-thinking skills. Three teachers reflect on this ever-evolving journey to innovate.
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.
High schools across the country offer stock market simulation games to give students insight into the world of financial investment. At Country Day, students have taken it up a notch with the Buccaneers Investment Group (BIG), which uses real money to make bona fide financial transactions in the stock market.
There is no magic formula for getting into a specific college, but there are ways to help your children make choices in Upper School that will allow them to find their “great fit” college, writes Katie Elsasser, Director of College Counseling.
IB senior Avery Lynch shares a special story on why these longstanding programs are so meaningful and impactful for our Upper School students.
Country Day offers Upper School students multiple, rigorous academic paths on their way to becoming fully prepared for college. Our students performed exceptionally well for the 2018–19 academic year.