The world is our classroom

For Greenhills students, learning doesn't stop at the classroom door. Whether they're bonding with classmates on an overnight trip to Canada, knocking down an abandoned building in a struggling neighborhood, or helping gather food and clothing for those less fortunate than themselves, our upper school students learn every day that understanding comes in many forms.

Signature UPPER School Programs

Advanced Research Class

During the summer before their senior year, students have the opportunity to engage in a meaningful scientific research project with a university or private sector mentor. The research continues during the school year and culminates in a journal-worthy paper and presentation. Past projects have involved testing ancient shark teeth with the California Institute of Technology, deep brain stimulation with U-M Neuroscience Lab, and hands-free calling and text-messaging in cars with Ford Motor Company.

Science Competitions

Each year students compete in award-winning science clubs. The National Science Bowl and National ocean Sciences Bowl routinely return to Greenhills with victories. The upper school robotics team competes in the FIRST Robotics Challenge, which has its competition season from January to May. The team designs and fabricates a custom robot to tackle a new challenge every year, and works together with other teams to compete most effectively.

Senior Projects

Seniors are released from classes three weeks before graduation to Wail on an in-depth final project that explores an outside-the-classroom topic. The project culminates in a public. presentation. Past projects have ranged from converting a car to run on vegetable of to writing a collection of French poetry.

Student Life

Students are encouraged to participate in school life outside the classroom.

They learn to balance their extracurricular activities with their academic lives and often discover new interests and friendships that stay with them far beyond their years at Greenhills

Our students have the opportunity to participate in many extracurricular activities, including:

Athletic teams
Musicals and plays
Alcove (the student newspaper)
Student Council
Biology Club
Gryphon Ambassadors
Evergreen Literary Magazine
Adventure Club
Flying Club
Model United Nations
Motor City Saturdays
National Science Bowl
National Ocean Science Bowl
Students Organized Against Racism
STEM Society
FIRST Robotics

A variety of other clubs and groups – there’s something for everyone!