Upper School

The Upper School balances a challenging curriculum with careful attention to each student’s progress and needs.

Students benefit from a broad exposure to the classic liberal arts as well as sharpening skills including critical thinking, clear and persuasive writing and blending ideas across disciplines.

Through rigorous coursework, including more than 20 Advanced Placement (AP) offerings, and experiential learning opportunities, students mature into self-reliant, self-directed learners. They graduate prepared with the skills they need to thrive in college and beyond.

I’ve been here since 4K, so all of the teachers and coaches really know me. They know what I’m capable of, they know when I’m struggling, and they won’t accept anything less than my best.

- Julia Cooper, Upper School student

SDS teacher helping student
SDS teacher helping students
SDS students seated in front of lockers
SDS students in study hall
SDS students at lockers
SDS students in chemistry class
SDS teacher and student viewing a laptop
SDS student at desk with laptop
SDS Upper School students in classroom

of students
are required to participate on at least one athletic team each year.