welcome from the HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL

Our upper school students are explorers, tinkerers, and independent thinkers who both challenge the world around them and aim to make it better than they found it. Our students pursue excellence in the classroom and leadership opportunities through clubs, activities, athletics, and service. Our teachers are leaders in their respective fields and share a singular passion for engaging students in the power of lifelong learning.

I invite you to visit the upper school on a typical day. Stop any student and ask them about what makes the school special, and I guarantee you will be struck by their poise, their confidence, and their ability to capture the spirit of Greenhills. Observe students with their teachers and you will be amazed at the friendships that form and the joy that is found through mentorship and collaborative learning. As Greenhills upper school students assume increased responsibility for learning and leadership both in school and beyond, they remain grounded in their belief that kindness and community matter most of all. I hope you will join us.

Elizabeth Quincy McLaughlin
Head of Upper School

When students enter the upper school at Greenhills,
they encounter a dynamic four-year college preparatory program designed to maximize personal and intellectual growth.

Small enough to do big things. With an average class size of 16 students, our dedicated faculty prepare young people to thrive in college and beyond.

We prepare students for 21st century demands. We encourage each student to be independent, confident and mindful of the moral, ethical and social obligations that come with being a member of the larger community. Teachers continually challenge students with tough life questions to wrestle with and resolve. Our students leave as principled, responsible learners who succeed at the next level.

Greenhills offers unique opportunities to its upper school students. We encourage each student to be independent, confident and mindful.


Greenhills graduation requirements are as follows. Please see the course guide for complete class offerings, which may vary slightly from year to year. Department chairs, class principals and student advisors are always available to discuss your student’s course selections.

  1. English 4 credits. English I, II, and III are required. Students must select an elective course both semesters during senior year to complete the graduation requirement.
  2. History and Social Science 3 credits. One credit in World History, one credit in United States History, and one additional history course of choice.
  3. Mathematics 3 credits. Students must progress through Algebra II.
  4. Science 3 credits. One must be in life science and one must be in physical science (Chemistry or Physics). We strongly encourage students to take at least one course in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  5. Modern and Classical Languages 2 credits. Must be two sequential levels studied at Greenhills School, though three years of study is strongly recommended. When possible, we recommend the entire sequence of study.
  6. Fine and Performing Arts 1 credit.
  7. Health ½ credit. This requirement begins with the Class of 2015.
  8. Service Learning Students are to participation in an approved project that is to be completed within one calendar year, January to January. 3 total projects must be completed during the student’s upper school career.