Welcome to the PCDS Upper School, Class of 2026!
8th grade families: please review the following resources as you prepare for the transition to Upper School; pay particular attention to the information about the course selection process and note that students must submit the Course Selection Survey by May 2.
- Meet the Upper School Leadership
A recorded panel discussion that will allow you to see and hear from the administrative team in the Upper School, learn more about the Upper School program, and hear helpful answers to frequently asked questions.
Meet the Upper School Leadership Video
- Planning your Freshman Year Curriculum
A recorded presentation from Jennifer Cherilla, Upper School Dean of Academics, that will walk students and parents through an explanation of the course selection process, the transition to 9th grade, and graduation requirements.
Planning Your Freshman Year Curriculum Video
Planning Your Freshman Year Curriculum Slides [PDF]
Upper School Course Catalog
9th Grade Transition Handout [PDF]
- Course Selection Survey
This Google Form enables the student to select the language they want to study and to select preferences for fine arts electives.
Course Selection Survey (due May 2)
- Math Placement Letter
Each student's family will receive a notice from the Math Department regarding placement for next year’s math course.
If you do not receive it by May 1, please contact Ms. Cherilla.
Please know that every member of the Upper School community is an invaluable resource for any questions that may arise. We look forward to working with you over the next few months and, ultimately, the next four years.
Lynetta Binger, Head of Upper School
Jennifer Cherilla, Assistant Head of Upper School / Dean of Academics
Nick Klemp, Assistant Head of Upper School / Dean of Student Life
Molly Castro, Upper School Counselor