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Upper School

Engaging Students at the Highest Level

The Upper School is the pinnacle of the PCDS educational experience. The Upper School offers students a balance of breadth and depth, with ample opportunities to pursue individual intellectual interests through a variety of course choices and independent studies. Students are afforded opportunities and responsibilities, while supported by strong bonds with each other and their faculty.

Schedule & Advisory

A student-centered approach to learning

Course Catalog

An array of engaging, challenging courses across disciplines

Signature Experiences

Time-honored traditions in
the Upper School

At a Glance


students in Upper School


courses offered in 2022


average Upper School class size


independent studies in Spring 2022


Upper School students have the unique opportunity to dive into any topic of their choice, guided by an expert faculty mentor.


students in each advisory


Each group of 8 students is counseled by one academic advisor throughout the school year.


senior speech


Every PCDS senior works closely with a faculty advisor to develop and deliver an 8 minute speech to the Upper School community.