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Upper School

The Upper School helps students pursue their passions within a varied and demanding academic program that prepares them for higher learning and supports their development as whole people — mind, body, and spirit.

Upper School coursework is modern, real-world, and relevant, so it is authentic for every student’s future. Over four years, students tackle real challenges, collaborate on important projects, do independent research, and participate in signature experiences, all of which help each student to become a NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, and Globally Minded.

Our students mature into individuals who are prepared with the tools they need for the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional demands of college and life in a changing world.

Mike Gwaltney

Mike Gwaltney

Head of Upper School

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BA, California State University at Fullerton
MS, California State University at Fullerton

Advisory Program

Academic knowledge and skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults. Every student has an adviser who acts as an advocate and “positive coach” for them over their four years in the Upper School. In advisory groups of 6-8, advisees develop supportive relationships, and learn to navigate academic challenges and co-curricular commitments, while building the social-emotional skills that prepare them to be successful in college and the world of work. Ultimately, Advisory helps students discover a sense of purpose and craft more meaningful lives.

Unique Experiences

Each grade level begins the school year with a class trip that helps bond the group together, while each student develops their competencies. Freshmen spend three days at the Berkshire Outdoor Center in Massachusetts, Sophomores spend three days on a service learning trip in Massachusetts, and Juniors go on a trip through New England, exploring the historical and cultural foundations of American culture. Seniors will spend three days in an immersive college readiness workshop, guided through the practicalities of the Common Application, Maia Learning, and essay completion. The workshop features a variety of activities such as mock interviews and resume writing facilitated by guest speakers from college admissions.

Senior Internships

The culmination of our emphasis on practical, real world learning, the Senior Internship is a four-part project that spans the length of students’ senior year and is a signature Rocky Hill Country Day experience. Students spend the final month of their senior year on an internship of their choosing, and then present on their experience in the final week of school.

Rocky Hill Country Day is the first school in Rhode Island to participate in Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common project. With its vision of “a world in which children learn to care about others and the common good, treat people well day to day, come to understand and seek fairness and justice, and do what is right even at times at a cost to themselves” and the belief “that young people with these capacities will become community members and citizens who can strengthen our democracy, mend the fractures that divide us, and create a more caring, just world,” MCC is the perfect match for Rocky Hill Country Day’s mission. We are extremely proud to have the only two students in Rhode Island, of only 25 nationwide, to be selected for the 2018-19 Student Advisory Board.

The Student Competencies

At Rocky Hill Country Day School, we inspire each student to become a...

Learns with nimbleness, adaptability, perseverance, and resilience, with a curious and self-directed approach.

Asks meaningful questions, gains knowledge, and challenges research, analysis, and interpretation to evaluate evidence, arguments, and beliefs.

Seeks ways to model good citizenship through kindness and respect for others, and serves as a responsible, engaged member of the community.

Skillfully expresses ideas in many modalities for a variety of audiences and is a poised and resourceful communicator.

...who is...

A bold thinker, generating new and creative ideas, willing to take risks to solve complex problems, individually and as part
of a group.

A confident observer who understands their personal strengths and is attentive to their needs, empathetic to others, and honors their health and well-being.

An honest member of the community who speaks with integrity and has a focus on social responsibility.

An open-minded individual who values diversity and different perspectives with an understanding of global issues.

Building Connections

E2 | EMBEDDED ENTREPRENEURS

Startup founders help students develop the Rocky Hill Country Day Student Competencies through modeling the entrepreneurial process.

IIR | INNOVATOR-IN-RESIDENCE

Innovators and artists from all sectors encourage students to connect big picture themes to classroom content using an interdisciplinary approach.

OUR PARTNERS

Rocky Hill Country Day collaborates with local and global organizations to enhance the learning experience and provide the real-world context necessary for deep learning.

COLLEGE COUNSELING

Rocky Hill Country Day's mission is to educate the whole child—mind, body, and spirit. As a nurturing school community, we encourage our students to become good global citizens and lifelong learners, guiding them as they strive for knowledge and self-awareness.

Through the development of competencies, and fostering self-awareness and advocacy, we encourage our students to define and reach their goals.

Student Life

CLUBS & TRIPS

Students collaborate with faculty to design clubs based on their passions and interests which develops their leadership and organizational skills.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Each year, the Community Service Coordinator organizes initiatives directly affecting the greater community. These are undertaken on a regular basis, usually through classroom or advisory projects.

DIVERSITY

Rocky Hill Country Day School believes that the educational outcomes of its students are directly dependent upon the active recognition, support, and fostering of the student body’s diverse backgrounds.