Welcome to the Upper School!
At the RPCS Upper School, your questions and wonderings are taken seriously by your teachers, coaches, advisors, and fellow students. Our faculty and staff cultivate an environment where students celebrate each other’s strengths and empower each other to question, practice, explore, and discover.
In our classrooms, four key principles guide the learning process:
Learners thrive in a physically and psychologically safe, welcoming and affirming environment.
Independent, critical and creative thinking flourish in stimulating and collaborative environments.
Learning is enhanced through questioning, risk-taking, failure, and experiential connections.
Continuous and ongoing feedback, reflection and self-assessment are essential to deepening learning.
Every day at RPCS, teachers welcome and affirm our learners: they guide them in risk-taking, foster their creative thinking and problem-solving, and provide opportunities for reflection and growth. Our rich curriculum balances rigor with support, with differentiated instruction to meet each student where they are while lifting them up to their full academic potential. Our tri-school partnership with the Gilman and Bryn Mawr Schools opens a great wealth of additional electives and opportunities.
I encourage you to learn more about our Gore Leadership Institute’s seminars, which provide all RPCS students with a foundation for ethical problem-solving, an understanding about power and identity, and opportunities to engage in local and global problem-solving through experiential, project-based learning and a wealth of internships, fellowships, and community outreach and action.
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 through our World Languages Certificate Program.
Committed to preparing our girls for the future, The Holliday Heine STEM Institute focuses on making our students effective and interdisciplinary problem solvers. And our opportunities for specialization are not just limited to academics. RPCS has an elite performing arts program with audition-based ensembles in dance and singing, and year-round stage performances. In the fine arts, we offer numerous electives, including Advanced Placement courses in studio art, 2-D and 3-D design, and photography.
RPCS is committed to helping students to live healthy and be well through our competitive sports teams, innovative wellness courses, and vibrant advising, academic support, and counseling programs.
Bring your questions, curiosity and talents to RPCS, and let us help you find the answers that will build the foundation of your adult lives.
"This school has given me the opportunity to thrive by being unapologetically myself.”
"One of my favorite things about RPCS is that we are constantly being inspired by our teachers to challenge ourselves."annie, 2022
"RPCS has given me friends and family that will last forever."makenzie, 2023
"Here I have gained the confidence to be myself. Being in an all-girls environment, I feel free and ready to express my opinion."alison, 2023
"The standard of respect and kindness that RPCS holds allows students to appreciate each other's differences." suzannah, 2023
Networking with alumnae to participate in summer internships and gain real-world professional experiences.
Developing a deeper sense of self-awareness and learning how to effect change for good through our Gore Leadership Program.
Immersing themselves in new cultures through international exchanges or trips to Spain, France, Russia, China, and other countries.
Dancing, singing, acting or playing an instrument on center stage.