Upper School Academics
More Than Mere Preparation...
"In the classroom, we are not simply memorizing facts to pass the next test. Instead, we are encouraged to really learn." - Isa K. '15
The Stuart Hall Upper School program fosters academic excellence while challenging young adults to hone their critical-thinking skills and personal initiative in preparation for college and life beyond. Our graduates are confident, articulate, well-rounded, globally-engaged, and equipped to make ethical, community-minded decisions.
Our six Emphasis Programs are designed to give students with specific areas of interest the opportunity to flourish in either the Arts or Sciences. We invite you to look into these unique opportunities. In recent years, our programs have sent countless students to conservatories and area-specific programs at the collegiate level.
Dual Enrollment Programs with James Madison University and Mary Baldwin College
Our students are afforded the opportunity to take college courses at Mary Baldwin College, which is walking distance from our campus, so long as it fits into their schedule and doesn't interfere their Stuart Hall coursework. Stuart Hall will give you credit for the courses, and you expand the possibilities to the college level, before you graduate high school. We also offer dual-enrollment classes with James Madison University (JMU). Students take the classes at Stuart Hall but receive college credit from JMU.
Designed to meet the unique developmental needs of the Upper School age group while challenging them to grow into the adults they will become, the Upper School experience offers unique leadership opportunities for each grade level; our focus is to provide not only academic preparation for college, but to inspire personal initiative and passion in each student. Senior chapel talks, class projects, prefects, student admissions ambassadors, and various clubs and extracurricular activities provide students with a venue in which to shape their leadership style and to learn the fundamentals of working with others.