Upper School marks the culmination of the Waterford experience. As students move from childhood into young adulthood, they gain access to a tapestry of challenging academic courses, clubs, activities, sports, performances, student leadership and service opportunities, extra-curricular travel, social activities, and much more.
In Upper School, students reap the benefits and value of a liberal arts education as they move into advanced courses in English, history, math, science, physical education, and fine arts – including a wide selection of AP courses. Every course, regardless of subject, is infused with passion, clarity, insight, and clear, critical thinking. The classroom experience is defined by the hallmarks of excellent teaching: effective classroom decorum, a well-rounded curriculum with clear expectations, thorough preparation, careful evaluation and meaningful dialogue with students.
These elements come together to create a unified and fulfilling educational experience that expands intellectual boundaries, creates good habits, builds confidence, and ultimately, prepares students for college and for life.
A Waterford Upper School student’s life is defined by an array of events and activities. The demanding academic environment keeps minds active and alert during school, and a variety of activities enables students to develop interests, strengthen friendships, build character, and have fun after school and on weekends.
Waterford also caters to a wide range of talents and interests by way of clubs and activities, as well as competitive sports. College preparation is given the utmost importance, and is supported in classroom activity, testing, and student counseling.