Upper School

Ninth–Twelfth Grade

Students in Upper School classroom

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.

Integrated Curriculum

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. 

More About Our Upper School Curriculum

Extraordinary Opportunities

5 Questions for Dr. Brittany Lott

After teaching at Western Carolina University for several years, Dr. Lott joined the Upper School Science Department in 2017. She shares how Country Day students and facilities compare to the college setting.

Science Outreach Program Makes a Profound Impact on College Career

We caught up with Grant Steelman ’14, one of the first Country Day students to participate in our program that connects Upper School students with hands-on research opportunities at university science labs. On November 8, 14 current students presented their summer research at the seventh annual Science Symposium.

On the Leading Edge: the New Purdy Center and Hance Learning Center

The new Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics and the Hance Lower School Learning Center build on what's best about life and learning at Country Day. These future-ready learning spaces reframe Cannon Campus for the challenges our students face today, while providing students and teachers with what they need to take the lead and launch successful futures.

Civil Rights Tour Legacy Museum

In July, Upper School teachers learned more about the history of America’s struggle with civil rights and social justice as they traveled to sites in Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Tuskegee, and Birmingham. The immersive experience is designed to enable conversation about history and current issues, and influence curriculum across departments.