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Upper School

Confident. Cultured. College ready. 

Upper School: Grades 9-12

The Burlington School aims to produce graduates who are confident, cultured, and college-ready. Upper School students are held to high expectations, and as a result, demonstrate the qualities necessary for future success. Through a combination of innovative instructional methods, progressive learning, and traditional pedagogy, our faculty prepares students for college by utilizing multiple teaching styles across all disciplines. Our Upper School students value freedom, safety, student leadership, and the positive atmosphere they say is pervasive in their school atmosphere. They describe their teachers as flexible, understanding, and encouraging.

Program Highlights

Rigorous Coursework: Every Upper School course is designed to prepare students for the rigors of college. With small classes, teachers work with students to set and reach their individual goals. AP courses are offered in many subjects, including Environmental Science, Biology, Physics, and U.S. History.

Experiential Learning: The E-mersion Term is a signature component of our Upper School. This program presents classes from beyond the school’s usual curriculum, allowing students to travel, complete exciting projects, and participate in hands-on activities. Offerings range from photography to backpacking, movie-making, and carpentry, and vary as interests dictate. During E-mersion Term, students frequently venture abroad to destinations like Costa Rica, or new US cities including New Orleans, Boston, and New York.

Student-Led Clubs: Student-led club periods allow Upper School students the opportunity to pursue their interests with like-minded peers. Designated club time also allows students to meet with their teachers to have questions answered, or to receive tutoring as needed.

College Prep: Our comprehensive and individualized college counseling program assists Upper School students as they set college goals and ultimately apply for scholarships. Our alumni have been offered admission at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities.

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Are you looking for an independent high school in Alamance County with a strong college-prep emphasis? The Burlington School can nurture your child’s unique talents and help them prepare for a successful future. Contact us to learn more about our Upper School programs, or to schedule a visit to our campus. We look forward to hearing from you!

Our alumni have been offered admission at dozens of distinctive and reputable colleges and universities. Click the link below to access our school profile and read about the distinct programs and accomplishments specific to our Upper School community.


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