Upper School

Upper School at Selwyn

upper schoolSelwyn’s Upper School, comprised of grades nine through twelve, focuses on preparing students for competitive college admissions and success in higher education and beyond. When we talk about college prep, we’re talking about our Upper School students having access to a wide variety of courses and electives that satisfy a broad range of interests and strengths. We are here to help students plan their goals before and beyond graduation. Throughout their Upper School experience, our staff and teachers continue to encourage independent thinking, self-confidence, and a lifelong love for learning.

Selwyn does not teach to state-issued standardized tests. Instead, students are expected to demonstrate their competence in literature, writing, foreign language, history, math, science, technology, and the arts. Our curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts, but continually evolves in response to new information and ideas.

Our Argyle private high school students enroll in at least six classes a semester, have access to fine arts courses, participate in the Perspectives Travel Program, and may take advantage of our Advanced Placement offerings. We encourage exploration into different interests and disciplines and believe that intellectual growth depends on the student’s ability to think logically and critically, read perceptively, and write articulately.

Selwyn’s student-run government teaches social and leadership responsibility. If students elect to participate, they will learn to propose ideas, organize social events, practice rational discourse, and effect change, preparing them to become responsible citizens in a global society.


Ninth through Twelfth Grade

In these four years, students have the opportunity to expand their passions and deepen their knowledge of the subjects they have been introduced to in their earlier years. While the core high school curriculum is solidly in place, Selwyn students also have the opportunity to take highly challenging classes such as The Science of Vector Born Diseases or the AP Capstone Program.

21st century skills will also be integrated into all courses. A Selwyn graduate will be able to:

All Upper School students will also take art, drama, music and Spanish.

Interested in applying to Selwyn? Start by scheduling a campus visit!

Click here for the Upper School summer reading list.


Take the First Steps Towards Securing Your Future

Selwyn’s college prep program helps students and parents navigate the sometimes overwhelming college selection and application process. Our goal is for each student to find the college that will allow him or her to continue to develop the passions and interests they discovered at our Argyle Independent School.

The academic advisors involved in Selwyn college prep are all Upper School teachers with extensive experience in college prep, and many have worked with highly selective colleges and independent schools across the country. Because we understand that the college selection process is highly individualized, these advisors meet separately with each student, providing them with customized guidance throughout the process, which begins in eighth grade.

We look forward to working with your family at our college preparatory school and encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions concerning college preparation for your student.