The Upper School Experience


Holy Child is an extraordinary school–academically, spiritually, and physically.


We offer an individualized and innovative curriculum, including advanced placement classes in all the disciplines, expansive offerings in the visual and performing arts, a competitive athletic program, and multiple leadership opportunities. We encourage our students to challenge their minds, explore their passions, and push themselves outside their comfort zones so they grow academically, personally, spiritually, and socially.

One of the most important features of a Holy Child education is the experiential learning we provide for our Upper School students. Holy Child encourages girls to become global, creative thinkers by offering students a variety of opportunities to study, serve, and explore areas around the world, including opportunities to study abroad, and educational trips to Iceland, China, and South Africa. Trips to corporations, the opera, cultural clubs, exhibits, and more enable our students to learn from real-life experiences and become confident leaders within the classroom and beyond.

The dedication of our faculty to their students and the students’ love for their School is exceptional. Holy Child Upper School students work diligently and are supported by individual attention from faculty and administration. We work collaboratively with our students and families to ensure that each student is known and valued, and her academic and individual goals are supported.

Academic rigor, personal attention, and opportunities to excel outside the classroom are hallmarks of the Upper School at Holy Child. Students are encouraged to discover their passions and are supported to pursue those interests in order to develop their own unique potential.

Students receive careful guidance regarding course selection and graduation requirements, as well as with the college admissions process. Holy Child students are encouraged to take the most rigorous program in which they will be successful. Schedules are tailored and designed to accommodate individual student strengths.


It is rare that two students in the Upper School have the same schedule.


Academic Departments and Courses



Screening America Project - The Forgotten Man

By Sofia Campo '19

In Screening America, a film studies course that uses movies to explore the past, students complete a "video essay" that presents a multi-media analysis of the film they are studying, its historical context, and its relationship to primary sources from the period. Students viewed William Wellman's Heroes For Sale (1933) and Raoul Walsh's The Roaring Twenties (1939) as examples of Depression Era cinema. Watch Sophia Campo's analysis of how the films told the story of the "Forgotten Man" in her fantastic video essay.