Upper School students gain a range of academic skills as part of a foundation for lifelong learning. In a course of study that begins with foundational work and expands into electives and independent study projects, Upper Schoolers generally take five major subjects with a semester-long arts class each year. Students may petition to take a sixth major course during a semester or a year. Requirements include four years each of English and math; three years each of science, social studies, and foreign language; two semester-length courses in each of performing arts and fine arts; a Class 9 seminar in ethics; and yearly public speaking. AP and Honors courses are available in all major disciplines, as is AP Music Theory. In addition, students complete 40 hours of community service before graduation. The young women and men in the Upper School enjoy what they do, work hard, take risks, support each other, and reach for the highest of intellectual standards.