At Poly, our Upper School believes in a student-centric view of education. Enouraging students to explore, research, investigate, encounter, collaborate, and lead is essential value.
Upper School students participate in Poly’s extensive after-school program of activities because such peer-to-peer and peer-to-mentor interaction is vital to the Poly experience. Advising, homeroom, and "Form" time are also key components of the non-academic portion of our exciting and intellectually challenging Upper School program.
Under the guidance of Form Deans, advisors, their teachers, student leaders and each other, Poly students can access an extensive suport network that enables them to take important developmental and intellectual risks in a safe and caring environment.
Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls
Upper School clubs and activities range include African Dance Club, AIDS Awareness Club, the New York Math League team, Photography Club, the Polygon (student newspaper), sports, instrumental music groups, the Women's Rights Club, the Honor Council, the Poly Arts Journal, and performing arts groups.
Poly also offers study abroad experiences including from spring or winter break trips to Cambodia and Costa Rica, summer trips to Italy, Spain, and China and exchange programs with schools in Argentina and France.
We also provie a small but growing number of internships (internally with our Gray Key Society) and (externally with partner organizations) to help students preview select professional career options and the world of 21st century work and skills.
Poly Fosters Character & Service
Service learning and community service are fundamental parts of the Upper School experience at Poly, with students planning and leading many community service initiatives.
Poly Is Student Leaders
Poly Prep's Upper School also encourages student leadership
in many ways, among which is Upper School student government
. (For Poly Prep's mission
, which includes student leadership as a central goal, click here