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The Upper School


The Upper School offers a progressive, creative and dynamic educational learning environment that encourages students to learn, understand and apply knowledge in a myriad of ways. Despite the increased workload students have in the Upper School, this division offers students full support while also demanding a high degree of personal responsibility. 

We also have a boarding program for students in grades 8 through 12. See our International and Boarding page for more information.

The task of educators is to lead students in a process of self-discovery so that each child will find the appropriate college to suit his or her individual needs, talents and aspirations. The academic program provides a solid foundation in all major disciplines, with an emphasis on project-oriented, hands-on and minds-on activities. In addition to offering several Advanced Placement level courses, the Upper School also emphasizes the arts, visual art, photography, music, and drama. Capping the process of self-discovery during the Upper School years is the completion of a WISE (Wise Independent Senior Experience) project, which requires students to pursue independent study, be in the form of an internship, a research project, a work of art or fiction, or some combination of all three, and present their reflection on this process to the community.

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"I have been going to RCDS since the 3rd grade and I still love it as much as I did when I first came. I really enjoy the attention given to the students by each teacher, and knowing that the teachers actually care not only about our success but also our happiness."
9th Grader, Neil Macleod-Stistkin

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