The Upper School curriculum offers gifted education that is typically 1.5 - 2 years above grade level with individualized learning options. The unique Schilling School schedule offers core classes (Math, Science, Research, Literature, and History) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Electives are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays to enrich the learning experience.
Students not only need advanced curricula, they also learn at an accelerated pace. Schilling provides both. For example, this academic year, our faculty is teaching college level calculus and chemistry (using college-level textbooks) to 8th-12th graders (class placement primarily based on ability rather than age or grade level).
Foreign languages are offered for all grades K-12. Students can select from up to 9 different foreign language options including: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Sign Language, and Spanish.
Each school year elective options are selected and scheduled with input from the students, including their particular interests. For those who enjoy art, performing arts, and/or music we have offered courses such as Drama, Costume Design, Oil Painting, Art/Drawing, Film Analysis, Choir, and Guitar. For Math and Science enrichment, we have offered courses such as LEGO Robotics, and Computer Science. In addition, Aikido, Fencing, Chess, Mythology, Psychology, and Creative Writing courses are also popular options. Students always look forward to exploring and enriching their learning with these courses!
Class sizes are typically kept to 12 students. This allows for greater differentiation and individualization academically. Socially, students are able to form close bonds with their classmates that continue beyond the classroom.
Other enrichment options include field trips, after school activities such as Fencing and Chess tournament teams, AMC 10/12, AIME, and family outings organized by the Schilling Parent Organization. Our Upper School typically enjoys a class trip together. In the past, our Upper School has had the opportunity to visit Hawaii, US Space Center in Florida, Alaska, San Francisco, Arizona, and Washington DC.