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.



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.