Explore Keith High School Grades 9-12
High school represents the final stage a program that develops a student’s confidence and skills in a range of disciplines. The focus of the high school years at Keith School is vigorous academic, artistic, philanthropic, and athletic curriculum, centered in a strong community that supports students in their self-discovery. The net result produces resourceful young men and women prepared to find their places in the world.
Ask any student, teacher, parent or alum to describe our Upper School at Keith Country Day School and these common themes are likely to emerge: a strong sense of community, inspiring teachers, a challenging academic program, a family atmosphere and an environment open to the exploration of ideas with a limitless array of opportunities to grow and lead.
Many prospective families want to know if our academic program is as demanding as our reputations suggests. The answer is ‘yes.’ With support from our faculty, Upper School courses are taught at an honors level or higher and our teachers take great pride in motivating the students to work beyond their perceived limits. Most students would say we have high standards and we expect a lot from them, but they would also tell you Keith is not a high-pressure environment. It’s a healthy learning atmosphere.
A True College-Prep School
Many schools describe themselves as “college preparatory,” but Keith Country Day School truly prepares students for college by having the most demanding graduation requirements of any school in the region, including more science, math, English, social studies, foreign language, speech, college counseling, and community service. Many of our students exceed these requirements by taking more than the required coursework in languages, math, and science courses throughout the course of their Upper School careers. Keith also offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses, the opportunity to join a variety of clubs and organizations, and a unique, rotating schedule, which provides more variety and choice for each individual student.
Our results show the effort that our students, families, and faculty put forth. Traditionally, more than 90 percent of Keith’s graduates are accepted into their first college of choice, including Ivy League schools. Recent results make us proud. The 37 graduates of 2018 netted $5 million in merit-based scholarships, and the 27 graduating seniors of 2017 earned $4.5 million in merit-based scholarships.
While our course offerings, clubs, schedule, and programs are impressive, what makes our Upper School special is the closeness of our Keith family. We are a collection of teachers and students, colleagues and friends, who enjoy being together in and out of the classroom. Each year at graduation, our seniors comment about how much they value the friendships they formed with each other and the relationships they built with their teachers.
We invite you to get to know this strong community of which we are justly proud. As Atticus Finch said in To Kill a Mockingbird, you never really get to know a person “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” We invite you to do some walking around in our Upper School and learn more about why this is such a special place.