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Upper School (9-12)

A FUNDAMENTAL TENET OF OUR SCHOOL’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY IS THE BELIEF THAT SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS PROVIDE A BROAD EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN WHICH STUDENTS EXPLORE THEIR PASSIONS, AND, CONCOMITANTLY, DEVELOP THE SKILLS AND HABITS THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL, PRODUCTIVE, AND INQUISITIVE ADULTS.

We expect our graduates to think critically, to reason scientifically, to understand the relationship between the global economy and sustainable environments, to attain proficiency in a foreign language (or languages), to recognize how art impacts business, culture, and commerce (and vice versa), to articulate ideas in different forums and through various media, and to become conversant in the cultural and religious beliefs of a number of countries.

Of paramount importance in our students’ lives is helping them to find balance. We encourage students to continue pursue their athletic interests and artistic passions and to engage in the life of the school. As a small community, we cannot absorb many “specialists”; our athletes are artists, our singers are poets, our thespians are skilled debaters, and our dancers are student leaders. Not only are our students’ tastes diverse, but their accomplishments are lauded and supported by their peers and faculty.

Ryan Boccuzzi
Upper School Director
(310) 889-2749


Corisa Cobden

Administrative Assistant to the Upper School Director
(310) 889-2640


Sarah Bishop

Registrar
(310) 873-1051

Tamara Miller
Academic Dean
(310) 889-2784

David Foote
Dean of Students
(310) 889-2680

Upper School News

by Shirley Blake, Director of Communications

While many of our athletics teams are currently fighting their way through playoff rounds, our Robotics teams are resting on their laurels after a highly successful season. Led by their coach Ronit Kumar, approximately 25 students worked together since September to construct some rather sophisticated robots in preparation for FIRST Tech Challenge competitions in the Southern California region...

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by Amanda Kelson, Athletics Director

In our league, coin flips are used to break ties for playoff standing purposes. First place guarantees you home field in the first round of playoffs and third place guarantees that you will be away and possibly have to play a wildcard game to earn a spot in the 32 team bracket. Needless to say, there is a lot at stake!...

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by Cat Zusky, Upper School English Teacher

Could Macbeth be funny? Romantic? Playful? As we discussed in my 9th grade Literature and Composition class, it all depends on how you spin it. As a way to set the stage for Shakespeare's Macbeth, my students worked with Scott Perloff to develop short film clips of the first scene, which presents the three witches meeting in a storm. Since Shakespeare's work is meant to be performed and enacted, the goal of this work was to imagine the vast possibilities that this opening scene has to set the tone for the action to come. Each group of three students was assigned a target tone and audience. One group was challenged to create a funny scene for an audience of teenagers; another group worked to compose a playful scene for pre-schoolers; yet another team aimed for a campy scary tone for an audience of people who love Stranger Things. The results were varied and often hilarious. Students used Garage Band to compose original music, iMovie to create film, and PowToon to create animated effects. We presented the projects and paired them with film versions of Macbeth to engage our imaginations in the endless possibilities of performance, especially when mixed with media.

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Upper School Calendar

US Orchestra Salon
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EC Theater Lobby
In the Downstairs Gallery: US Photography
NO CLASSES: All-School Faculty Inservice
all day
In the Downstairs Gallery: US Photography
In the Downstairs Gallery: US Photography
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