The Upper School
Ridgeview's High School (also referred to as the Upper School) encompasses grades 9-12. Course offerings and student activities continue to expand in the high school. Our Arts program shines as students become more skilled instrumentalists, dancers, vocalists, and artists. While our curriculum is rigorous, our students find plenty of time for recreation and community building through clubs, student organizations, and other activities.
Upper School Highlights
With Homecoming, Winter Ball, Swing Dance Nights, and Prom, there are plenty of opportunities for our high school students to show off their dance moves.
High School students are invited to present in our weekly Colloquium. Students may present their research on a topic of their choosing to an audience of their peers and teachers.
There are a myriad of clubs and activities available to our upper school students, including: Mock Trial, Science Bowl, Chess Club, Key Club, and more.
Students in high school may participate in Student Council or the Student Ambassador programs.
Ridgeview is not preparation for college, but preparation for life. The value of a genuine education can be determined by how well the recipient is prepared to flourish rather than endure mundane, vocational training. In answering the question, “What is essential to the good life?” students explore how they might choose to conduct their lives with intelligence and virtue. A single question yields a kaleidoscopic diversity of answers. Over the course of the year, students work with their advisors from September through April to read important texts, discuss ideas, answer potential challenges, and review drafts of their work. By April, students will have submitted an essay that is 7,000 words in length and defended their thesis to their fellow students, teachers, family, and friends. It is a fitting capstone experience for students who have undertaken a genuinely classical, liberal arts education.
While Ridgeview expects students to excel on tests such as the ACT and SAT, faculty do not explicitly teach to the test. Ridgeview offers many AP course and students are encouraged to take them.