Upper School Educational Philosophy: In the Upper School, students continue the goal of developing a strong sense of responsible and independent behavior, both academically and socially, while also monitoring their performance and directing their own learning.
Palm Valley School provides every student with the opportunity to meet their specific post-secondary goals. For this reason, our curriculum is college-preparatory, and our requirements for graduation are higher than the state requirements. While we recognize that not all students have the same college goals, we want our students to be qualified, competitive college applicants, giving them the most opportunity and choice when it comes to the college admission process.
Palm Valley School recommends all Upper School students take a full schedule of core subjects, including English, Math, Social Sciences, World Language, and Science each year. Options include a full complement of Advancement Placement, Honors courses, and a variety of Electives. Palm Valley School recommends a minimum of one full year in a visual or performing art. The Director of College Counseling and Head of Upper School work with each individual student to make sure that their course schedule reflects the appropriate classes to help the student reach their specific college program goals.
The goal of Palm Valley School is to deliver an exceptional learning environment full of opportunities that stretch across many subjects that challenges students and enables them to be successful in future study. With the school's mission and values as a guiding light, students will also develop their personal character and global perspective through service learning programs, outdoor education, and other extra and co-curricular activities.
- MS/US Curriculum Guide
- Scope and Sequence Curriculum Maps
For a detailed description of the curriculum, and graduation requirements, please refer to the Curriculum Guide. Additional information regarding the policies of the Palm Valley Upper School can be found in the Handbook for Students and Families.