PolyAcademics

UPPER SCHOOL

2021-2022 APPLICATION OPENS September 8, 2020

VITALITY,
ENGAGEMENT,
AND PURPOSE

Poly Prep’s Upper School program reflects our students’ extraordinary–and extraordinarily diverse–talents and interests. Collaboratively, we work to cultivate the skills, confidence, and resolve to live a life of purpose and meaning, in high school and beyond.

We invite you to join us in this journey. Together, we will prepare and inspire the next generation of diverse leaders and global citizens to act with intelligence, imagination, and, above all, character.

World languages class with Shihan Liu

Academic Excellence

Our Upper School curriculum challenges students to move beyond their existing assumptions and understandings, celebrate the creative tension that differences generate, and hone critical thinking and communication skills that will serve them throughout their lives. From 9th to 12th grades, students join a community of learners — including faculty, deans, advisors, and other mentors — who encourage and inspire them to excel, especially by taking the intellectual risks that academic and personal excellence requires.

EXPLORE THE CURRICULUM
MEET OUR FACULTY

Poly People

Student

Gauri Purohit ’21

“Poly has given me a vast array of opportunities in both academics and the arts, which have allowed me to immerse myself in math courses beyond the standard curriculum and participate in theatre performances.”

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Ryantony Exuma ’22

“Just like stringing notes together to create music, in French class, Ryantony strings together words, manipulates syntax, and applies grammar to express himself in such a thoughtful and euphonious manner…”

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Alexandra Nava-Baltimore ’20

“Being a student at Poly allows me to live what I learn. Poly has been my home, my studio, my classroom, and my inspiration.”

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Faculty

Angela Gittens P’23

“The highlight of my teaching career is having alumnae return to tell me that seeds for their love of speaking other languages were originally planted in my classroom and that they travel throughout the world using their language skills beyond the walls of a classroom.”

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Faculty

Christy Hutchcraft

“[Ms. Hutchcraft] has constantly supported me and made me feel like I could actually make a real career out of writing. In her classes, she offers insights that have changed my perceptions dramatically and strengthened my creative process.”

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Faculty

Daniel Doughty

“I love finding a way to engage students who might not think of themselves as musicians.'”

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Student

Hallie Stephenson ’20

“My favorite part about going to Poly Prep is that I am able to find such an incredible group of people who want to see me succeed and care about my future. The mentors I’ve found at Poly have given me confidence and have inspired me to pursue things that I was at first unsure about.”

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Student

Kahaliah Sandy ’21

“Kahaliah has a great ear and confidence to carry out a conversation in Mandarin.”

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Nyla Welch ’20

With an exceptional talent for language, Nyla has traveled abroad through Poly’s Academic Travel program twice, to Martinique and France.

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Faculty

Maria DiCarlo P’23

“My goal for all my math students is that they look back on their math classes and feel that my department has nurtured their abilities to be creative problem-solvers and independent thinkers.”

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Student

Alexandra Fried ’20

“The teachers are the best part of going to school at Poly Prep. They are excited to teach their subjects, which makes it easier for students to be enthusiastic about learning.”

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Faculty

David Reid

“Teaching is at its richest when it’s not teaching, but learning—learning together, exploring questions without answers, and finding the limits of knowledge.”

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