The Kew-Forest Upper School provides rigorous college preparatory academics with co-curricular programs in a supportive atmosphere. Teachers, administrators, parents and students cooperate so that every child is inspired to achieve. Our program is traditional and progressive with a curriculum that emphasizes the fundamentals of English, mathematics, science, world languages and history, as well as 21st century skills in technology and creative innovation. Classic liberal arts courses like Development of Civilizations are offered alongside exciting electives such as Media and Gaming, Psychology and The Mathematics of Business. Juniors and seniors take a range of challenging Advanced Placement courses in subjects including: biology, chemistry, physics, calculus, statistics, world history, U.S. History, English Language, literature, and world languages.
Teachers work closely across grade levels to ensure that core ideas are reinforced each year, and that new levels of work are introduced in age-appropriate ways. As students progress through the Upper School they move from a more structured environment into one that emphasizes independence, self-motivation, and original thought. This sequence culminates in the “Senior Project,” a final independent study that provides a capstone to the Kew-Forest School education. Students also learn to take their thinking skills beyond the classroom through a range of extracurricular activities such as community service projects, student-run publications, award-winning Model U.N. and Mock Trial teams, as well as championship athletics.
The Kew-Forest Upper School is a place where every student is valued. Small class sizes mean that each student is encouraged and expected to participate. Students learn by doing as they work together on group activities and round table discussions while teachers circulate to offer guidance and mentorship. The low student/teacher ratio means that teachers get to know the students and their work extremely well allowing them to provide detailed feedback to meet individual needs.
In addition to their classroom teacher/advisor, Upper School students are supported by a Faculty Advisor, School Counselor, College Counselor, Director of Learning Skills, Director of Student Life, and Head of Upper School.
Experiencing the World
The Kew-Forest Upper School provides students with the opportunity to learn about the world, not only through a program that emphasizes global knowledge, but also through daily interactions with peers from many nations and cultures. The diversity of the student body is celebrated and integrated into the curriculum, with coursework in world literature, international relations, foreign languages and multiple years of world history. Class discussions draw upon the unique cultures and experiences of each student to create a dynamic tapestry.