Our Vision for Upper School Education
In the Upper School (Grades 9-12), Poly prepares students for success in college, universities, and professional careers. We both challenge and nurture students academically. We also emphasize writing and critical thinking because these 21st century skills are vital to success after graduation. In providing the foundation of a liberal education, our larger goal is to teach a respect for the intellect, the power of knowledge, the joy of the imagination, and the method of reason.
Although the Upper School curriculum is built on the tradition of a Liberal Arts education, the Upper School also encourages innovation, interdisciplinary inquiry, and student “ownership” of learning. Our central aim is to provide our students with a capacity to interpret the world through texts, grasp and appreciate scientific inquiry, gain mastery of a world language, confront the logic of quantitative reasoning, understand the sweep and scope of historical concepts, internalize the sensibilities of literary texts, and find real assurance of self as writer, researcher, and thinker.
Finally, of course, in keeping with our mission, we also encourage students to think imaginatively, develop ethical standards, and act with character.