Upper School

Preparing for college and beyond.

Many private schools are driven by a “bigger, better, faster” ethic. At Steward, we are driven by the notion that smaller is better — that a smaller environment, in fact, means deeper relationships and more opportunities.

Upon entering Upper School, the Advisory Program matches each student with his or her own advisor. This advisor supports that student through graduation to help lead the way through the complexities and unique challenges he or she may face during the important years before college.

The College Counseling Office individualizes the college admission process for each student during his or her journey from ninth grade through graduation. This personalized attention helps each student find his or her best fit within an often overwhelming number of college options.

To keep students challenged and engaged along their academic journeys, we offer numerous honors and Advanced Placement courses. Five core courses in the areas of English, social studies, mathematics, foreign language, and science, plus one or more electives make up a typical Steward Upper School schedule. Extracurricular activities are especially popular among our Upper School students, and we work hard to assure that such opportunities fit comfortably into their schedules.

In grade-level seminars, Upper School students explore the fundamentals of design research, health and wellness, writing, and public speaking. Students create their own unforgettable experiences during our one-week Minimester program that includes internships, community service, foreign and domestic travel, and the capstone Senior Project.

While competition is important, students thrive in an atmosphere that doesn’t place competition above character, balance, and the profound need to feel confident stepping beyond one’s own comfort zone. By capitalizing on the deeper relationships built in a small school environment, we are able to strike a balance between support and challenge. The ability to use these skills effectively will set students apart as they move through college and life to become the leaders of tomorrow.

 

The Upper School is located in two adjoining buildings, Taylor Hall and Cosby Hall. Some highlights of the Upper School include:

  • Three Student Commons
  • Three Science Labs and Prep Areas for Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physics and Fundamentals of Research
  • The ability to showcase major visual arts exhibits
  • Classes are also held in the Cramer Center, the Bryan Innovation Lab, the Athletic Center, and Wilton Hall
  • Lunch is provided in the Middle and Upper School Dining Commons

Graduation Requirements

  1. Steward students must earn four credits of English for graduation.
  2. Three or four credits of mathematics are required for graduation, for a total of seven when combined with science credits. Four or more math credits are recommended. All students are required to take Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, at either the college-prep or the honors level.
  3. Four credits of social studies are required for graduation. US History (college-prep, honors, or AP) is required. All seniors are required to take the Government-Economics sequence (college-prep or honors) or AP US Government.
  4. Three or four credits of science are required for graduation, for a total of seven when combined with math credits. In general, students are expected to complete at least one course in each discipline in the following sequence: physics, biology, and chemistry.
  5. Three credits of one language are required for graduation; four or more are recommended.
  6. Fine Arts: two credits of visual arts or performing arts
  7. Grade-Level Seminars: 3.75 credits
  8. Physical Education: Two credits (six seasons)
  9. Community Service: 20 hours of community service and 10 hours of "in-school" community service. For detailed requirements, forms, and suggested volunteer organizations, click here.

The size of The Steward School provides many benefits for students–meaningful interactions in the classroom and individualized attention from teachers, as well as opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, clubs, and organizations in meaningful ways. There is a wide range of extracurricular activities that help foster leadership, diversity, languages, and community service.

  • More than 80 percent of students in grades 6-12 participate on athletic teams.
  • More than 90 percent participate in the arts.
  • One feature of the extracurricular program is the scheduling of clubs during the school day so that those with after-school responsibilities may still participate in clubs.
  • The school's numerous organizations and clubs are a key part of creating the Steward experience and help to strengthen individual interests. Often, the friendships developed and lessons learned through these organizations help students discover what is truly important to them.
  • Students also have opportunities to start their own clubs as long as they are appropriate in nature and have a faculty sponsor.
  • A sampling of Upper School clubs includes: Arts Café, Diversity Club, Equestrian Club, Knitting Club, Model UN, Ping Pong Club, Pinterest Club, Pottery Club, Robotics Club, Running Club, Spanish Club, and Stewardship Club.
  • Student organizations include: Admissions Ambassadors, Class Officers, Honor Council, National Honor Society, Student Council for Activities, and Student Life Committee.

Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

Steward Voices

Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

Steward Voices

Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15

 

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