Academics

Upper School

In an Upper School inquiry-based classroom, the teacher does not stand at the front of the room talking at students—but rather shares the same round table as the students, or watches over the shoulders of a small group of collaborators.
Each member of the class—student and teacher alike—takes responsibility for the entire group’s learning. The teacher functions as expert when necessary, but also encourages student inquiry and skillfully facilitates purposeful conversations and structured problem solving.

Upper School students pursue a challenging college-preparatory program with requirements in English, history, mathematics, science, world language, computer science, the arts, and physical education. Core courses such as Algebra, American History, and Biology pave the way for advanced electives including Radical Texts, Digital Humanities, and Marine Biology.

The curriculum and academic cycle also have flexibility to allow for collaborative work during the school day, access to teachers—and by 11th and 12th grade—multiple electives, independent studies, and a dedicated Bridge semester to focus on a personalized academic, professional, and/or creative project before graduation.

As a strong academic foundation is carefully constructed, independent thought and imaginative problem solving are also cultivated. Students are encouraged to reach for ever-greater levels of excellence in their coursework as they explore interests, take intellectual risks, and push beyond traditional comfort zones. As independence grows, responsibility for one’s self and serving the community are emphasized. Students are encouraged to seek leadership opportunities in the classroom, on the field and stage, and in a wide range of extracurricular pursuits.

Daniel Feigin - Director of Upper School

I strongly believe that communication and collaboration among students and between students and faculty should be seamless, which promotes the highest levels of learning.

Welcome to the Upper School

Trevor's Upper School program affords students the opportunity to engage intellectually with faculty and peers, inside and outside of the classroom. The Advisee Program, small inquiry-based classes, and the  Center enable faculty and staff to know each and every student. Diverse teaching methods meet each individual, drawing on their strengths and working through any challenges.

The curriculum is incredibly robust and challenging. Ninth- and 10th-grade courses are foundational by design, leading to the opportunity to choose among a wide range of advanced courses and electives in each field of study in 11th and 12th grades.

In addition to their dedication to academic pursuits, Trevor students are actively involved in diverse co-curricular programs. Our athletes are singers and our dancers travel the country to compete in Model United Nations. Trevor students are savvy self-advocates who are passionate about learning. They understand how to communicate and how to collaborate.

I strongly believe that communication and collaboration among students and between students and faculty should be seamless, which promotes the highest levels of learning. Schools need to dedicate time and space to ensure that these collaborations happen consistently and effectively. Our common spaces are an extension of our classrooms; their design leads to an intellectually driven community. This culture is why I thrived as a Trevor student, and why I was compelled to return as a teacher and then as a member of the school's leadership team.

Daniel Feigin
Director of Upper School