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Upper School

Finding Focus, Flexibility, and Success

Embracing a mindset of compassion and continuous growth, our upper school students build exceptional character that helps them lead rich, meaningful lives of service to their communities.

Through a versatile academic program that is responsive both to students’ interests and to the emerging challenges of a changing world, they master essential skills, gain a genuine enthusiasm  for scholarship, and become co-creators of their own education.

Our students articulate ideas and perspectives confidently, immerse themselves in project- and experience-based learning, and embrace leadership roles with energy and humility.

On campus and across the city, they become stewards and ambassadors of the Dexter Southfield community—role models and proof of what’s possible when we aspire to  “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

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Upper School Curriculum

The upper school academic program reflects the understanding that students benefit from a strong basis of expertise, from habits of mind that serve them well in any course of study, and from directing and expanding their own learning, often in unchartered territory.

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Upper School Community

One of the first things visitors notice about Dexter Southfield is our warmth. A caring and sincere place, we pay attention to individual needs when students arrive and as they grow through the School.

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Upper School Programs

STEM fields are fully integrated into the upper school curriculum and faculty assist students in developing the knowledge and skills for investigation, interpretation, and comprehension of the natural world.

Public Speaking
In the upper school, students write their own speeches with the help of a faculty advisor. This program allows students to express themselves in a compelling way and to lead and serve others. After graduation, many alumni seek such opportunities in college and careers

Dexter Southfield is committed to having the arts play a significant role in the life of students and the School. Research has proven that participation in the performing and visual arts empowers students to express themselves artistically and creatively and to develop an appreciation for cultural events and the world around them. 

Dexter Southfield offers a full complement of interscholastic team sports for students in Classes 7-12. Varsity and sub-varsity teams compete against other schools in the Boston area and throughout New England. The School's goal is to field the most competitive team while preparing athletes for possible collegiate play. ‚Äč



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