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Upper School Parent/Student Handbook

2014 Upper School Summer Reading List

The Priory Upper School is about more than college preparation. It’s also about developing habits of mind, broadening one’s exposure, and discerning life-long personal passions. We’ve specifically designed our Upper School program to allow for exploration and experimentation along with rigorous college preparation.

Priory students typically fulfill the majority of their college entrance requirements by the end of sophomore year, freeing them to choose from a wide array of electives such as Literature through the Camera Lens, The History of Rebellion, and Organic Chemistry, as well as twenty-two Advanced Placement courses including Human Geography, Music Theory, Environmental Science, Psychology, and Art Portfolio. We know that high school can be a stressful time. That’s why we offer many forms of support for students and families, including a four-year Advisory program, a caring guidance

counseling department, the Academic Resource Center, and a hands-on college-counseling program that begins in freshman year and continues through college acceptance.

Even after those college acceptance letters arrive, Priory students keep learning. Spring semester seniors are challenged to identify a need that aligns with a personal passion and present a real-world solution in the form of their Senior Project. Whether designing an iPhone application, creating a basketball camp for local at-risk youth, or bringing a much-needed water filtration system to a girls’ school in Kenya, Priory students and graduates are serving a world in need of their gifts.

Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Brian Schlaak
Head of Upper School
bschlaak@prioryca.org

650-851-6150