Upper School

In Upper School, students thrive in an intellectual and creative community.

How should we respond to someone sharing their truth? How do we reckon with truth even if it makes us uncomfortable?

– Upper School Students

What makes you sad at the end of the school year? What makes you happy?

– Upper School Students

How can we support those who have the courage to speak their truth?

– Upper School Students

What is my responsibility to help bend the arc (of the moral universe) towards justice?

– Upper School Students

As a community, what are we doing to encourage members to embody integrity and simplicity in their everyday lives?

– Upper School Students

Upper School students immerse themselves in a warm and engaging environment that inspires authentic inquiry, serious scholarship, and deep reflection. Because there is no single path for students to follow, the Upper School cultivates a strong sense of student independence. We empower students to pursue their own passions, and we equip them with the critical tools and skills they need both inside the classroom and beyond our school walls.

Our students share a profound commitment to Quaker values, which form the foundation for our community, including a genuine respect for oneself and for others, personal integrity, and a collaborative stewardship of our world.

The lessons I learned and the friendships I formed in the Upper School extend well beyond the classroom. My time at Sidwell Friends expanded my worldview by constantly pushing me to hone my moral compass and beliefs, and my teachers instilled in me the importance of thinking critically, synthesizing information, and being a lifelong learner—skills that still serve me to this day.

– Alex Sharata ’14

Explore Our Upper School Classrooms

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