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Curriculum Grades 10–12

The Upper School curriculum includes the traditional core subjects that are taught at most college preparatory schools: math, science, English, and social studies. Sanskrit, an ancient language, is offered as the foreign language. Sanskrit is a phonetic language so it is easy to pronounce and read, and has been found to increase brain wave coherence. The students also learn the basics of Sanskrit grammar.

A variety of other courses—including speech, art, music, Gandharva Veda music, writing, senior thesis, photography, Destination Imagination, Science Fair, and History Fair—round out the curriculum. Our goal is to expose the students to a wide selection of subjects, while establishing a context for all subjects through the interdisciplinary subject, the Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI).

SCI is the science of consciousness. SCI reveals the relevance of all subjects in the context of the consciousness, or awareness, of the student. This gets to the heart of education because individual awareness is where all learning takes place. Knowledge is useful and effective only to the degree that it is lively in the awareness of the student. The practice of the Indian school Meditationtechnique brings completion to this study by giving students the practical daily experience of the growth of their own inner intelligence and creativity.

Project Orientation

As anyone who has ever taught knows, the best way to learn a subject thoroughly is to teach that subject. For this reason the students of the Upper School frequently research various academic areas and then present their findings to their classmates using charts and other visual aids. This process develops planning, research, and communication skills. It also builds confidence and self-esteem, and deepens their understanding of the subject matter. Our students have done exceptionally well in competitions like History Fair, Science Fair, Speech Competition, and Destination Imagination.

Physical Education and Athletics

Sports and physical education are a very important aspect of our educational program. Regular physical activity and instruction are fundamental to physical and mental health. All students participate in either a competitive sport or physical education three to six days a week, depending on which sport or PE program they are in.

Our programs are designed to provide physical conditioning, sports skills, teamwork skills, and sportsmanship skills.

Upper School Teams

Soccer 7–12 Boys
Cross Country 9–12 Boys
Volleyball 7–12 Girls
Cross Country 9–12 Girls
Basketball 7–12 Boys & Girls
Tennis 9–12 Boys
Golf 9–12 Boys
Track 9–12 Boys
Tennis 9–12 Girls
Track 9–12 Girls

Academic Support


Our full-time academic counselor monitors the academic progress of each student. She meets with the principal and the faculty members in order to design academic support where needed.

We also have access to an educational psychologist who uses a wide range of diagnostic procedures to assess and develop interventions and accommodations. This is a part of our comprehensive program called Nourishing Creative Intelligence. With this program we develop a thorough view of a child’s strengths and challenges and then design and implement strategies to draw out the child’s own creativity and intelligence in order to solve the challenges.

College planning begins in the junior year with meetings for students and parents that introduce the college application process. The program is designed to help each student understand their particular interests and goals, and finds a school that is a good fit for their aspirations.

A high percentage of our graduates go on to matriculate at a four-year college. These colleges include:

New York University
North-Western University
Occidental College
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Randolph-Macon Women’s College
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Scripps College
Skidmore College
Slade School of Fine Art, London.
Smith College
Southern Oregon University
St. Lawrence University
Suffolk University
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University
Tufts University
The Art Institute of Colorado
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Iowa
University of Montana
University of Nevada
University of New Hampshire
University of Southern California
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Webster University
Wellesley College
Whittier College
Williams College

Amherst College
Air Force Academy
Babson College
Bard College
Barnard College
Berklee College of Music
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brooks Institute of Photography
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Butler University
California College of the Arts
Carleton College
Champlain College
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
DePaul University
Drake University
Duke University
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Harvard University
Iowa State University
Ithaca College
Kenyon College
Knox College
Lewis and Clark College
Maharishi University of Management
Middlebury College
Mt. Holyoke College

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Knowledge is useful and effective only to the degree that it is lively in the awareness of the student.