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.
Twenty Advanced Placement and twelve honors courses are available to students. For the 2010-11 school year, 9 students were named National Merit Semifinalists, over 10 percent of the Class of 2010!
In 2010-11, the SAT and ACT results were:
- SAT Verbal: 630
- SAT Math: 615
- SAT Writing: 625
- ACT Average: 26
Co-curricular opportunities include Literary Club, Chess Club, 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.
The newspaper and yearbook classes are designed to foster an interest in and involvement with the writing and production of the Bruin Tribune online publication and the yearbook that is published in the spring. Students often continue in college working on staff with newspaper and yearbook.
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 2010 year, students in high school completed over 11,000 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.