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Upper School

At the Upper School, we are committed to reimagining what secondary-level students can achieve in an environment characterized by academic excellence and Jewish values. In both Middle School (grades 7-8) and High School (grades 9-12), rigorous study in the classroom is infused with creativity, joy, and relevance, while activities outside the classroom are characterized by learning, vibrancy, and hands-on engagement.  Students develop close connections with the faculty, enabling them to develop confidence as students, artists, and athletes.

Our strong, inclusive School community nurtures individual identity in an atmosphere that celebrates pluralism.  In both general studies and Judaic studies, the curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, writing, analysis, and collaboration, endowing our students with skills that are crucial for success in the 21st century.

Our experiential approach to education provides exposure to the world beyond the classroom.  Students pursue their passions through dozens of extra-curricular options, including visual and performing arts, athletics, student leadership, publications, and debate.  They make global and local connections through a variety of educational field trips, and they engage in the crucial work of tikkun olam (repairing the world) through community service activities.  Our program culminates in the Jewish heritage journey of a lifetime, the 13-week Senior Trip to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Israel.

This unique combination of challenging academics, the cultivation of individual talents, and a commitment to community-building leaves our graduates energized, enthusiastic, and highly prepared for success in college and beyond.


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