Upper School (Grades 8-9)

Guiding students to become effective learners.

Carroll's Upper School provides an intensive one- or two-year, college preparatory curriculum with tailored academic support. The program is ideal for smart students who could benefit from time management, study, and academic organization skills. Our educators recognize that every student has a unique learning profile, and design their curricula to nourish the skills needed to become an effective learner.

Carroll School Curriculum


The driving emphasis in the Carroll School curriculum is delivering what each child most needs. This means that the classroom experiences are tailored specifically to meet the needs of each child. Given our small classes and tutorials, achieving this lofty goal is actually possible. Unlike traditional schools where a prescribed curriculum defines what happens in the classroom, Carroll’s curriculum emphasizes the skill development and learning strategies that each child needs to acquire and pays close attention to the grade-level content delivered in public and other independent schools. Learn about our Curriculum Guiding Principles


Curricula Areas

Click on the specific curricula areas below to discover how this guiding philosophy works in Upper School classrooms:


Whole Child

We believe that a commitment to a child’s healthy social and emotional well-being goes hand-in-hand with academic success.

At the Upper School, students start each day within small advisory groups. Using Developmental Design techniques, students work on preparing for the day, setting personal goals, and enhancing social support & relationships. We also help students make positive connections through recess, community service, athletics, community events, our annual Fall Festival, and so much more.

Student Life at the Upper School

View the video below to hear from students about their experiences in grades 8 and 9. Learn more about Student Life at Carroll





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