The PA Upper School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that encourages students to use their creativity and natural curiosity to become partners with their teachers in the learning adventure. In addition to core requirements, students can choose from a wide array of electives that include such courses as Advanced Writing, Film as Literature, Web Design, Digital Media, Ceramics, Personal Finance, Theater Rep, Model UN.
22 Advanced Placement and honors courses are available to students in English, Math, Science, Social Science, Technology, and World Languages.
For the last five graduating classes, the average class size was 92, 31 students were National Merit Finalists, 5 students were Commended Students, and 2 students were National Achievement Scholars. Advanced Placement statistics include the following: 15 National AP Scholars, 79 AP Scholars with Distinction, 42 AP Scholars with Honor, and 69 AP Scholars. The SAT and ACT results from were:
- SAT Reading: 601
- SAT Math: 610
- SAT Writing: 602
- ACT Average: 26
Co-curricular opportunities include Literary Club, Chess Club, Quiz Bowl, Spanish and French Clubs, Science Club, Model UN, Young Democrats’ Club, Young Republicans’ Club, Amnesty International, Art Club, Diversity Council, Interact Club, Asian American Association, and Engineering/Physics Club. Students are encouraged to become active participants of the various clubs beginning in the ninth grade.
In athletics, students can participate in football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, cross country track, swimming, tennis, golf, soccer, and track. Students gain from being part of a group effort and from belonging to a disciplined, competitive effort. Many students are involved in several athletic endeavors throughout the school year.
In the area of fine arts, Pulaski Academy students excel. Band, choir, and performing art opportunities are open to students in grades 9-12. The visual arts program includes several mediums that appeal to artists of different talents.
Community service is an integral part of the Upper School experience. Students are required to participate in service learning each year, with most students doing more than required. During the 2012-2013 school year, students in high school completed 9,770 hours of community service.
The Upper School educational experience at Pulaski Academy is varied and meets the needs of a diverse student population. Core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, and excellence permeate the academic, the art, and the athletic components of our school. By working together, students, faculty, and parents foster a sense of community within the high school.