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The Upper School at Saint George’s offers a rigorous preparation for college that is guided and shaped by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The Upper School is an energetic setting where outstanding teachers encourage and challenge students, preparing them to succeed in higher education and in their career pursuits beyond university. Our graduates are courted by schools around the region and the country. Since 2012, Saint George’s graduates have been offered an average of over $100,000 in merit scholarships, rewarding them for their academic achievements.
Upper School students are challenged and supported in their classes. Teachers know their subjects and their students. SGS alumni frequently return to tell us that their teachers at Saint George’s were integral to their success. Teachers communicate regularly with parents and students, providing individual comments, support, and feedback. The personal connections with students set Saint George’s apart from other schools
Everyone who passes through Saint George’s recognizes a special sense of community. Perhaps it is the fact that we all know each other and are constantly encouraging each other to excel.
The design of the Upper School’s physical space invites community. Classrooms center around a courtyard, providing a focal point for meetings and activities. Two aspects that visitors notice immediately are the lack of class bells and the open lockers. Students move between classes on their own, without the regiment of bells. It is a tangible manifestation of the ownership our students take of their own educations. The open lockers evidence the trust embedded in our community.
School opens with the Dragon Dance, an age-old tradition to celebrate the return of our students. Newer events include the crazy spirit contests of Homecoming Week, and the Holiday Feast in December. Older and more established traditions include student favorites – canoeing down the Little Spokane River, performing Broadway musicals, and relentless cheering at basketball games in the school’s Errol Schmidt Athletic Center.
May Term is a series of in-depth, team-taught, interdisciplinary courses stressing experiential learning. They are offered after final exams and culminate in an exhibition day at the end of the school year. May Term allows for longer labs and projects where both students and faculty can unleash their creative potential. From restoring a stream and exploring other cultures through their cuisine to making short films and recording podcasts, no two May Term classes are the same.
Seniors mark their graduations with the longest-standing tradition at the school. For nearly 60 years, graduates have crossed the Graduation Bridge onto Graduation Lawn where the Head of School reads a summary of their personal highlights from that past four years and wishes them well as they transition from Saint George’s to college.