Upper School Academics (9-12)

Intellectual rigor and a variety of opportunities provide a strong liberal arts foundation for upper school students. Planning an individual high school curriculum that fits each student is the cornerstone of a successful academic journey at Harpeth Hall.

From the Director

Harpeth Hall’s upper school  offers a strong foundation in the sciences, humanities, and arts that fosters creative and critical thinking, promotes global perspectives, and sparks life-long learning in our students.

Winterim

Winterim, a fusion of classroom academics with real-world experience, offers upper school students the very best in experiential learning.

Public Purpose

Harpeth Hall develops responsible citizens who have global perspectives and make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world. 

Did You Know?

Harpeth Hall Upper School students are recognized in Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair.

 Thirty Harpeth Hall students received regional recognition in Scholastic Art Awards program.

Harpeth Hall students continue to be recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program.

Over 100 Harpeth Hall students received accolades in the Sholastic Writing Awards program.



Upper school history teacher Jack Henderson talks about teaching Harpeth Hall students for more than 15 years.

Explore our Curriculum

Upper School English

The English curriculum at Harpeth Hall includes an array of literary works that provide opportunities for each student to think deeply about her relationship to the world around her and the complexities of the human experience. Writing, reading, research, grammar, and vocabulary strands serve as the foundation of our program.

READ MORE about Upper School English
Upper School Mathematics

The Math department's goal is to give each student the very best mathematics education possible, taking into consideration ability, interest, and necessary preparation for success in college and in life. Each teacher strives to instill the confidence necessary to extend the students' horizons into new areas of mathematically related study such as science, and each hopes to foster independent study and continued interest in mathematics.

READ MORE about Upper School Mathematics
Upper School Science

Science is at the same time a body of information and a way of looking at the world. It is imperative for graduates of Harpeth Hall to possess both an understanding of scientific processes and analytical abilities necessary to utilize these concepts. Our science students are well prepared for the next level in science.

READ MORE about Upper School Science
Leadership

When students enter high school they find a more independent approach to leadership development. At the same time, as a faculty, we are committed to helping our students find their voice and learn how to communicate effectively. In the upper school we teach the following topics each year. Our Life Balance classes incorporate these lessons as do our classroom teachers and administrators both in and out of the classroom.

READ MORE

group of girls backpacking up a hill

Winterim is a fusion of classroom academics with real-world experience. Begun in 1973, this three-week program in January offers upper school students the very best in experiential learning, creating for them a chance to see their academic studies take a tangible, dynamic form.

READ MORE