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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 research. 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


300

students in Upper School

132

courses offered each year

15

average Upper School class size

35

independent studies in Spring 2021

 

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

9

students in each advisory

 

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

1

senior speech

 

Every PCDS senior is challenged to pick and research a topic of personal significance and develop an 8-minute speech to be delivered to the Upper School community.

Profile

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Jakob

Class of 2019

When he joined PCDS as a four year old in Pre-K, Jakob just wouldn’t stop moving.  And, now as an upperclassman, he is on the run still.

From the Chemistry lab to the basketball court to practicing his cello with Ms. Fleming, his days are always active and exciting.  He is captain of the PCDS varsity basketball team and loves the competition and camaraderie with his Eagles teammates.  “Playing at PCDS has taught me so much about leadership and how to handle adversity,” Jakob says.  “I try to be the rock of the group and try not to be fazed by a challenge.”  Jakob is, indeed, a solid member of the PCDS student body, and deftly balances his academics with sports, music, and leadership on campus.