The Upper School at Roland Park Country School challenges our students to work together to impact the world. Our faculty cultivates an environment where girls celebrate each other’s strengths and empower each other, because when students build each other up, they are more likely to step into leadership roles.
Faculty in our Upper School guide their curriculum under the framework of Four-Dimensional Learning. The first dimension is knowledge. This includes traditional classes and fact-based knowledge – reading, writing, math, science – and modern knowledge, including STEM, coding, and robotics. The second dimension is skill. This emphasizes creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. The third dimension is character. We encourage our girls to pursue leadership roles, not just for personal gain, but for the greater good. In this dimension, we create learning opportunities that develop mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience, ethics, and leadership. The fourth and final dimension is meta learning, which focuses on reflection and adaptation. We work with each student to examine her own thinking and help her adapt to learn in a way that works best for her mind.
I encourage you to learn more about our Leadership and Entrepreneurship Seminars, which help our students explore local and global issues where leadership is needed. To further develop citizens of the world, RPCS offers seven modern and classical languages – French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Latin, and Ancient Greek. Students who are particularly interested in languages have the opportunity to study more than one during their time in the Upper School.
Committed to preparing our girls for the future, our STEM Institute focuses on making our students effective and inquisitive problem solvers. Our World Languages Certificate Program encourages global citizenship. And our opportunities for specialization are not just limited to academics. RPCS has three auditioned performing arts ensembles in dance, theater and a cappella. In the fine arts, we offer numerous electives, including Advanced Placement courses in studio art, 2-D and 3-D design, and photography. Our Upper School students also engage in physical activity, either by playing on an RPCS team, taking dance classes or participating in classes that allow them to create fitness programs based on their personal interests.
In the Roland Park Country School Upper School, academics are rigorous, but we do not lose sight of the importance of leading lives that are healthy and balanced. Our students are deeply challenged, yet they are engaged in their education because they are still allowed to be teenagers.
Upper School Head