Ninth through Twelfth Grade
The upper school academic program is balanced and robust with a strong commitment to the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students expand their knowledge in history and the social sciences; literature and language arts; the sciences and mathematics; and Spanish language and cultures; the visual and performing arts; and physical fitness and health. Through classroom, laboratory, studio, and field experiences and the personalized time and attention of faculty, advisors and counselors, students gain self-confidence as they learn to examine various perspectives, take and defend decisions, pursue individual thought and passion, and participate in civic and cultural action and thought.
Along with the acquisition of core knowledge, our classroom practices and educational program are designed to cultivate personal, cultural, and global awareness. Learning experiences advance the development of attitudinal habits, such as persisting and questioning, leading and serving, listening and understanding with empathy, taking responsible risks, and creating, imagining and innovating.
For a more detailed description of our class offerings, please see our Program of Studies.
Antilles students have extended learning experiences in the visual and performing arts, which are central to their unique and creative learning experiences. All upper school students take part in studio art, creating visual works of art, which may include drawing, painting, graphic design, and digital photography. Students participate in the theatre arts, as well, learning specific knowledge and skills associated with script-writing, acting, scenic and design production, and directing, as they polish their abilities to communicate. Upper school students, novice to experienced, may elect to join band, steel band, and percussion ensemble.
College placement counseling offers individual guidance and information to students and parents, assisting them with the college application and selection process. College placement counseling may begin informally when a parent or student asks for guidance, even if the child in question is not yet in Upper School. In some cases, that first encounter may come because of attending a college night program; in other cases, it happens when parents call or email the college placement counselor or when a student asks questions of an advisor, teacher, or guidance counselor. In addition to these interactions, the formal college placement counseling program begins in earnest in the fall of junior year, when PSAT results come back, and later, when the college placement counselor begins meeting with the junior class. College Workshop courses commence in second semester of the junior year and continue through the first semester of senior year, after which individual meetings with seniors and their parent/s may take place right up until a matriculation deposit is made in May of the graduating year.