Upper School Academics

 

At Chadwick, you'll find outstanding preparation for success in college and in life. Our track record for placing 100 percent of our graduates in four-year colleges comes from our customized, personalized approach that helps you find the right academic and personal fit for your college experience.  One-on-one college advisement begins in eleventh grade, and with only 24 students per counselor, your dedicated college adviser has the time and resources to help you plan the most important aspect of your high school career.

In the Upper School, academic excellence is elevated to include new challenges such as opportunities in AP, honors and courses beyond AP level. Through your study of the humanities, sciences, mathematics, technology, global languages and the arts, you’ll engage in problem-solving and develop a deep and broad understanding of themes and connections.  You'll graduate with Chadwick's six core competencies:  Critical and Creative Thinking, Character, Courage, Communication, Collaboration and Cultural Competence.

You’ll also go beyond the mastery of knowledge. Learning is dynamic at Chadwick, and the pursuit of the “why” provides an open forum for growth. In this environment, you’ll gain an appreciation for the contributions of the past, the realities of the present, and the challenges and possibilities of the future. Your capacity for independent thinking will expand and you'll develop a lifelong love of learning.  

 

 

Chadwick courses are designed to encourage classroom inquiry, sharing of ideas, mentorship and thoughtful debate. Rather than just being lectured to, Upper School students are active participants in their classrooms.

Parents, family members and friends of Chadwick graduating seniors gather to attend their graduation in our outdoor amphitheater.

 

Parents, family members and friends of Chadwick graduating seniors gather to attend their graduation in our outdoor amphitheater.

 

Upper School Curriculum (Grades 9-12)

 

Upper School Graduation Requirements:

  • ENGLISH: 4 years (taken every semester)
  • HISTORY: 3 years (including at least the 12th grade fall semester)
  • MATHEMATICS: 3 years (or at least through Algebra 2)
  • GLOBAL LANGUAGE: Completion of Level III
  • SCIENCE: 3 years of lab science including PCB2
  • ARTS: 1 1/2 years (see those departments for details)
  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Participation every season
  • OUTDOOR EDUCATION: Participation each year