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Upper School Curriculum

Our Upper School program offers a diverse and challenging integrated curriculum that provides students with a breadth of class offerings, including traditional subject courses and a wide range of interesting electives.

Country Day students reach Upper School prepared for a deeper academic focus and they are supported by a rotating seven day class schedule which allows time with a faculty advisor to discuss coursework or seek extra help from teachers, attend weekly assemblies, study in the library, spend time with friends, and participate in service, special interest, or affinity clubs. 

By the time our students graduate, they are ready for college and prepared for life.

Advisory Program 

Upper School advisory is designed to provide students a small group environment of safety, trust, and support within the larger school community. Each student is placed with an Upper School faculty or staff member, who advocates for the student in all areas of campus life, and is an adult to whom a student can turn when concerns arise. With the exception of ninth grade, students in grades 10–12 are typically mixed together and most students stay with the same advisor through the senior year.

Ninth Grade Advisory
Transitioning to the Upper School requires learning a new campus, a new schedule, new teachers, and different academic expectations. Ninth graders are grouped in grade level advisories to ease the transition process. Through weekly meetings, advisors address common concerns specific to the ninth grade experience: time management, study skills, exam preparation, social and emotional adjustment, academic independence, and first steps in the college process.

Advanced Placement 

For students seeking additional challenge, Country Day offers many classes at the Honors and Advanced Placement level, across all academic departments. The final AP exam is the driver for the curriculum, and all AP courses are taught with the intention of students earning 
high marks on these exams. Should a student qualify for an Advanced Placement course, families should consider the work load in relation to other priorities in the student’s life.

For a complete list of AP offerings, please see the courses by Department.


International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB)

This two-year program provides 11th and 12th grade students with a well-rounded, rigorous curriculum, promotes international-mindedness, and emphasizes service learning. The IB program is best suited to students 
who think critically, are passionate about learning, and are committed to personal growth both inside and outside of the classroom. Students accepted into the IB program are expected to complete the necessary level of high-quality work to earn the IB diploma in addition to their Country Day diploma. For complete information on IB course offerings, please see the IB section.

Honor Code

The Honor Code is central to the student experience at Country Day. Students sign the code each year and write the Honor Pledge on all graded work. Lying, cheating, and plagiarism are all violations of the Honor Code and result in an Honor Council hearing and disciplinary measures.

Upper School Honor Code

I pledge my honor that I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment."

Upper School library

Belk Upper School Learning Center

Modeled after state-of-the-art learning commons at top universities, the 14,000 square foot, multi-use Belk Upper School Learning Center blends access to the latest information technology with traditional books and journals in an environment that incorporates study, meeting, and collaborative space to foster a sense of community through learning. Two full-time professional librarians assist students with research questions and materials selection. Read Building a 21st Century Library—Inside and Out, by Upper School Head Librarian Tedd Roseberry.