Upper School (9-12)

Thinking Critically, Acting Thoughtfully

Students in the Upper School are expected to take an active part in their education, to think critically and to act thoughtfully, in and out of the classroom. They participate in classes that are dynamic, hands-on and often student-directed; they voice their opinions in assemblies, in school publications, and on school committees; they exchange ideas with adults and peers from a variety of backgrounds and professions, from the community and around the world.

They are actively involved in school life, serving as student council members, peer mentors, teaching assistants, community service organizers, tutors and guest speakers. Close relationships with their teachers, who act as advisors, mentors, and role models, inspire them to give voice to their passion—be that music, art, drama, athletics, academics or community service—and translate that passion into a full and fulfilling life.

Sequence of Courses

The standard course load consists of five solid academic or “core” courses per semester, varsity sports and/or PE, community service, and electives.

Course Minimum Requirements
English 4 Years
History 4 Years
Science 3 Years of Lab Science, including Biology and Chemistry
Language 3 Years (demonstration of third-year proficiency)
Mathematics 3 Years (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
Health 1 Semester (Sophomore year)
Arts 4 Semesters (at least 1 visual arts and 1 performing arts class)
Physical Education/Athletics Yearly Participation (Grades 9 & 10 – both semesters/2 seasons; Grades
11 & 12 – one semester/season)
Community Service 4 Years (participation each semester)
Senior Internship/Senior Seminars Spring of Senior Year

Electives vary from year to year, but have included: problem solving, philosophy, cultural studies, journalism, screenwriting, creative writing, social activism, psychology, computational science and modeling, robotics, digital imaging, web design, digital video, stained glass, life drawing, ceramics, photography, photo journalism, fine arts photography, yearbook, art history, chorus, world music and politics, jazz band, acting, advanced drama and stagecraft.

SFP SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy (Upper School)