The Upper School

(6th - 9th Grade)

Unlock Your Child's Full Potential

At Upland Country Day School's Upper School, we believe in empowering our students to become global citizens who make a positive impact. With highly credentialed teachers and mentors, personalized support, and opportunities for service and partnerships, we provide an environment where students can thrive academically, socially, and personally. Join us on this transformative journey and unlock your child's full potential to create a better world, together.

Empower your child with supportive community

At UCDS Upper School, we believe that education is not just about academics—it’s about fostering a tightly-knit community where students can thrive. Our passionate and involved school body is dedicated to empowering students through service and partnerships, both locally and globally.

Reach full potential with personalized support

Highly credentialed teachers and individual advisors are always available for extra help sessions, and to work with students to set goals, recommend growth strategies and help them take ownership of learning. Whether you need assistance with a challenging subject or just want some guidance, our dedicated faculty is here to support every step of the way. 

Prepare for success in the digital age

In today’s digital world, information literacy and digital citizenship are essential skills for success. Our technology-infused curriculum equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the digital landscape responsibly and effectively.

Curriculum Enrichment:

Through a diverse range of experiences outside of the traditional classroom, our students have the opportunity to explore their passions and interests. These activities not only foster personal growth and leadership skills but also create a sense of community and belonging, ensuring a well-rounded and memorable educational journey for our students.

Global Citizenship

Global learning through curricular design, travel opportunities and our annual exchange students from Finland.

Advisor Program

Each student is matched with a faculty advisor who works with them to set goals, recommend growth strategies and take ownership of learning.

Arts Program

A comprehensive Arts Program including 2D & 3D visual arts, drama and music.

Experiential Learning

Enriched learning through regular field trips.

Discover a transformational education, where students thrive, at the Upland Country Day School Upper School. Schedule your tour today, and ignite your child’s passion for learning and building a better world.

Our Upper School Curriculum

Our Upper School curriculum takes a multidisciplinary approach including high-quality reading instruction, Singapore math, social learning, community outreach, theatre performances, visual arts, and athletics.

  • Grade 6: Literary Myths & Adventures
  • Grade 7: Refugees, Rebels, & Rappers
  • Grade 8: Coming of Age, Around the World
  • Grade 9: Classics & Conquests
  • Grade 6: U.S. History I
  • Grade 7: U.S. History II
  • Grade 8: World History
  • Grade 9: European Studies

On Grade –

  • Grade 6: Math Foundations 1
  • Grade 7: Pre-Algebra
  • Grade 8: Algebra 1A
  • Grade 9: Algebra 1B

Advanced –

  • Grade 6: Pre-Algebra
  • Grade 7: Algebra 1A
  • Grade 8: Algebra 1B
  • Grade 9: Geometry
  • Grade 6: U.S. History I
  • Grade 7: U.S. History II
  • Grade 8: World History
  • Grade 9: European Studies

Latin –

  • Grade 6: Latin 1A
  • Grade 7: Latin 1B
  • Grade 8: Latin IIA
  • Grade 9: Latin IIB

Spanish –

  • Grade 6: Upper School Spanish begins in Grade 7
  • Grade 7: Introduction to Spanish
  • Grade 8: Spanish 1A
  • Grade 9: Spanish 1B
  • Available, as designated class, for students who qualify
  • Grade 6: Early American Music
  • Grade 7: 20th Century Music
  • Grade 8: World Music
  • Grade 9: Music and Social Change
  • Grade 6: Art Foundations I
  • Grade 7: Art Foundations II
  • Grade 8: Studio Art I
  • Grade 9: Studio Art II
  • Grade 6 & 7: One-Act Plays
  • Grade 8 & 9: Music Theater
  • Soccer (V/JV)
  • Field Hockey (V/JV)
  • Boys Varsity Prep and Girls Varsity Prep
  • Ice Hockey (Coed JV)
  • Boys Varsity Prep Ice Hockey
  • Girls Varsity Prep Ice Hockey
  • Boys Lacrosse (V/JV)
  • Girls Lacrosse (V/JV)
  • 1-on-1 student to faculty mentor
  • Public speaking & writing
  • 1-on-1 Laptop Program
  • Exchange Students & Foreign Travel

my daughter has BLOSSOMED ...

"What a difference a year makes. My daughter started here last year in 8th grade. She has blossomed. Her self-confidence and poise have increased exponentially. The small classrooms and the caring environment was just what she needed to realize she had the abilities to excel in her already. Thank you."

- Dana | Upper School Student Parent

Explore Our Academic Programming

We believe children rise to our highest expectations, thrive on meaningful challenges, and never deserve anything less. Explore the multidimensional growth experience specifically designed to prepare each student for the future in each of our core schools:



Learning to spread your wings and fly.

Primary Center

(PreK – 1st)

Pairing unbridled enthusiasm and boundless curiosity.

Lower School

(2nd – 5th)

A focus on active, hands-on, inquiry-based work.

Upper School

(6th – 9th)

Building 21st century leadership and interpersonal skills.

Y9 Experience

(9th Grade)

Developing as role models and leaders for an entire student body.

Our Academic Philosophy

We hold the firm belief that children can exceed our highest expectations, flourish when faced with meaningful challenges, and should never settle for anything less. We understand the immense power of fostering a sense of belonging in children. Our academic philosophy permeates the way in which we educate all students at the Upland Country Day School, as well as the environment in which they learn.

The Harkness Method

Discover how Upland Country Day School is turning the traditional teaching model on its head, engaging students in a unique way that develops creative, confident, and articulate learners

The Upland Way

Learn how Upland Country Day School prepares kids for future academic success and life by living by the core values of our school motto – understanding, trust, responsibility.




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