Upper School Philosophy
The Upper School meets St. Catherine’s Mission of providing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and preparing each individual girl for leadership and service in a global community through the breadth of curricular and cocurricular choices and by the flexibility of the program which allows each girl to pursue her own interests in depth. A strong advising program, close relationships with teachers both in and out of the classroom, engagement in the community and self-reflection are central to this personal growth.
While Upper School students are introduced to the major academic disciplines, the curriculum emphasizes skills that help students synthesize learning across the disciplines and that prepare students for success in the 21st century: critical thinking, advanced research, problem solving, collaboration and written and oral communication. In addition, the rich offerings in the visual and performing arts nurture creative thinking and expression, and X-Term, an independent research projects, and internships provide extensive opportunities for experiential learning.
Our offerings in each department are enhanced by our coordinate program with St. Christopher’s, a partnership that affords our students with a co-educational experience at different levels throughout high school.
Central to the philosophy of the Upper School is the increased independence of our students. With this independence comes the responsibility each girl has to live with integrity, to contribute to a positive community and to use her unique gifts to make the world a better place.