Upper School

The Upper School provides an academic program that is intentionally designed to prepare students, grades 9 – 12 and post-graduates, for college and beyond. Upper School faculty members teach a broad curriculum where students are encouraged to take academic risks and to learn by doing. The breadth and depth of our course offerings, including more than 25 AP® courses and advanced classes in every department allow students to personalize their transcript. Students and faculty build strong relationships through mutual respect and trust – faculty accessibility is a key component to this – every day incorporates time to meet with faculty – as teachers, advisors, and coaches.

Student leadership plays a role in every classroom and we encourage student voice and choice in regards to clubs and activities.

Carol Dougherty
Associate Head of School

Graduation Requirements

Cum Laude Society

Perkiomen School is proud to announce that the Cum Laude Society has granted a membership charter to the school. This honor is due to the hard work and scholarly achievement of our students, and the teachers who help them grow into powerful learners. Perkiomen School chapter of the Cum Laude Society will recognize juniors and seniors who have reached the highest levels of academic achievement among their peers. This spring, installation of the new chapter will be marked by a ceremony where charter faculty members and qualifying juniors and seniors will be inducted into the society.

The Cum Laude Society comprises some of the finest independent schools in the United States. In District II members include: Episcopal Academy, Moravian, The Hill School, Mercersburg, Germantown Academy, Peddie, Blair, and Lawrenceville. Membership in Cum Laude is based upon academic achievement and denotes a student and a school with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.

The Cum Laude Society mission recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence (Areté), justice (Diké) and honor (Timé).

Through June 2012, Perkiomen continued to induct students into the Amantes Scientia chapter of the National Honor Society based on academic record and evaluation of their leadership, service and character by a faculty committee. After June 2012, the Amantes Scientia chapter became inactive. Students who were inducted into NHS will remain members regardless of chapter activity. Perkiomen School will continue to honor students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, service and character through the awarding of appropriate prizes. Subsequently, the students with the highest academic achievements will be recognized by induction into the Cum Laude Society.