Upper School

Welcome to the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine's Upper School division—a place where knowledge, inspiration, and excellence converge. We are thrilled to have you explore our virtual home and learn more about the transformative education we offer to our students!

As the Head of the Upper School, it is my privilege to introduce you to our vibrant and joyful community. The Upper School division serves as the bridge to a future of limitless possibilities. Here, we nurture young minds, cultivate leadership, and foster intellectual curiosity. Dive into a Science class where students study their world through experiments, project-based learning, and STEAM. Listen in as our scholars decode Latin texts, organize fashion shows in Spanish, or give oral presentations on influential francophones in history. Be inspired by the real-life application of mathematics as our youngsters learn about budgeting, taxes, investments, and geometry in design. Discover our EXCEL program, which goes beyond a traditional “study hall” and develops students to self-advocate and take ownership of their education. Our classrooms are beaming with innovative and authentic approaches to learning driven by a faculty committed to the middle-school experience.

Our educational philosophy is built on a foundation of academic excellence, critical thinking, and community-building. Our dedicated faculty guides our students through the journey of scholastic exploration and leadership development. We provide a diverse range of classes and electives, clubs, affinity groups, character education and advisory programs, and extracurricular activities that enable our students to thrive academically and display their passion for learning. At the heart of the Upper School is a strong sense of community where we not only speak about our seven Core Values but also celebrate the moments when our students exemplify our mission through their actions and in their relationships with all members of The Cathedral School.

Whether you are a prospective family, parent, educator, or simply a curious visitor, I welcome you to gain a glimpse into the dynamic learning opportunities that await our Upper School students. We hope your journey through our website leaves you inspired and excited about the possibilities that await you here at Cathedral!

- Delilah Lora, Head of Upper School

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