Upper School

Through a rigorous and challenging college preparatory curriculum, which includes a rich spectrum of choice, Berkeley Carroll students exercise critical thinking and writing through active classroom dialogue and debate.

Exposing students to the great resources of our city is an essential part of the Berkeley Carroll High School education. Symbolic of our mission to make the city our campus is a program we offer to our 9th graders called New York at Night, where the entire grade attends a “quintessential” New York event such as taking the Circle Line, attending a concert at the Apollo Theatre, going to a Knicks game, and taking Big Onion walking tours. Additionally, students take class trips to museums, concerts and the theater.

Another important aspect of the curriculum comes from students giving back to the community through service to soup kitchens, food banks and annual participation in the clean up of Prospect Park. High School students also plan and participate in the United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights and Climate Change every December.

It is through writing that we hone and refine what we think. Our writing program, which spans the disciplines, is excellent. Awards from Scholastic Gold Keys on the regional and national level to yearly acceptance to the Breadloaf Young Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College testify to the strength of our writing program.

Berkeley Carroll’s Upper School classes run like seminars, where discussion leads to further inquiry and deeper understanding. Four years of this kind of engagement and exposure are excellent preparation for the next step: the college search. Students work closely with our college counselors in their junior and senior year to find the right fit. This fit may be a small, selective liberal arts college or an Ivy League college, a top choice music and art program or an international university. Finding the right college match is the end goal of a Berkeley Carroll education---a match that will build upon what our students have learned in the Upper School program and prepare them to navigate and succeed in the largest classroom of all, the 21st century world.

High School News

  • Berkeley Carroll Senior Places at Weekend Speech and Debate Tournament

    Georgia, flanked by coaches Ryan Henneberry (left) and Jim Shapiro (right).
    January 29, 2014

    Over the weekend of January 25 and 26, 2014, at Columbia University the Berkeley Carroll High School Speech & Debate team entered 14 competitors in six different events. Happily, Senior Georgia Horton, competing in Original Oratory, made it to Sunday afternoon's final round of six out of a field of 53 competitors. She took third place trophy overall for a speech entitled, "Community is Key." In her 10-minute memorized oration, Georgia takes sharp issue with shallow notions of community service. It was cold out on Broadway but the photo demonstrates oratorical passion can warm any number of people!

  • Bestselling Author on Introverts, Gandhi, Fruit Flies

    January 24, 2014

    On January 16, 2014, New York Times bestselling author Susan Cain delivered a quietly incendiary lecture to the Upper School about the cultural bias against introverts. “The world is set up to tell us to focus on our extroverted side,” she said, “to tell us that verbal exchange is always when greater truths emerge. And that’s not true.”

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