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Upper School

A Message from Ryan Burke, Head of Upper School

The Upper School, grades nine through twelve, challenges students to perform at the highest level, while providing support vital to academic and personal achievement. Designed to prepare students for college, the Upper School develops students’ independence and motivation to excel. Upper School faculty members teach a broad curriculum, and the breadth and depth covered sets Allendale Columbia School’s program apart from other schools. 
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Upper School students and their families can expect:

  • A vigorous, active, college preparatory education
  • A wide variety of  extracurricular opportunities
  • A focus on developing global-minded citizens, ready to face any challenge
  • Individualized learning guided by an outstanding faculty.
  • Challenging and rewarding schoolwork that requires time and attention daily, including significant papers, projects, and examinations
  • The opportunity to participate in team sports as well as visual and performing arts, providing the chance to develop discipline, creativity, and problem solving skills
  • Regular communication among students, faculty, and parents, with open opportunities for meetings and conferences with teachers, Deans, and the Head of Upper School


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College Search and Application Process

Our College Advisor, Kristin Merriman, is dedicated and focused on supporting, guiding, and advising AC students on their college search and application process. Unlike most of our peer schools, Kristin is a full-time team member at AC and available to our students five days a week. She has visited over 160 colleges and has a solid basis for recommending colleges that are great matches for our students. Visit our College Advising page to learn more!

 


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Downloadable Resources

With links to Admissions Forms, Curriculum Guides, Health Forms, the Dress Code, Supply Lists and everything in-between, this page has all the info you and your family need to prepare for a year at AC. 
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