The PA Upper School culture inspires students to explore, create, contribute, and achieve. The foundation for such inspirations come from a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, expectations for full effort, opportunities to be involved and make and impact, appreciation for diversity, and unity around our core values: respect, responsibility, excellence, integrity and honor above all. In this environment students are safe to discover individual strengths and passions, forge meaningful relationships, and prepare for effective living in college and beyond. Our curriculum integrates 21st century innovation with the foundation of a classic liberal arts education. A typical day could go from an engaging discussion of British literature in English class, to creating their personal webpage in Web Design class, to exploring rocket propulsion in AP physics class.

Students in the Upper School routinely state the best part of their educational experience is the relationships they develop with their teachers. Our outstanding faculty fosters these bonds by:  creating enduring partnerships with students and parents, inspiring learning beyond the classroom walls, and embracing opportunities for personalized instruction. The Upper School journey equips students to achieve their individual goal and become meaningful contributors in their community.

Our students have the opportunity to excel in academics, fine arts, and athletics. We offer twenty-three Advanced Placement courses and many exciting electives beyond the core classes. Whether it is singing a solo in Annie, scoring the winning goal in soccer, presenting your personal TED Talk in social science or playing the alto sax in jazz band, Pulaski Academy is the essence of a liberal arts education on the secondary level. To schedule your tour of Pulaski Academy, call Admissions at 501.604.1923

Graduation Requirements

The minimum requirement for graduation is the successful completion of 24 units accumulated in grades 9 through 12. Only one unit may be in physical education. A unit is the equivalent of a single full-year course. The Pulaski Academy School year is divided into two semesters. Courses of one semester's length receive one-half unit.

DISTRIBUTION AND COURSE REQUIREMENTS
English: 4 units, one unit to be taken each year.
Social Studies: 4 units; The Social Studies core curriculum includes United States History, Human Geography, World History, and American Government
Mathematics: 4 units; The Math curriculum includes Algebra I, Geometry, and two electives
Science: 4 units, including Biology, Chemisty, Physics, and one elective
Foreign Language: 2 units; two consecutive units of any one foreign language
Fine Arts: 1 unit
Communication: 1 unit
Physical Education: 1/2 unit
Health: 1/2 unit

In addition, Upper School students must complete a minimum of sixty (60) hours of community service in order to graduate.

If a student successfully doubles his/her service hours for four consecutive years (completing at least 120 hours), the student will graduate with honors in community service.

Clubs, Sports and Activities

List of 3 items.

  • Upper School Activities and Events

     
    Student Activities and Events
    Junior Back to School Breakfast
    Senior Back to School Lunch
    Blue and Gold Game
    Student Section Themes and Cheering
    Homecoming Week
    Senior Homecoming Lounge
    SoapFest
    Fall Play
    Spring Musical
    Thespian Festival
    Pep Band
    Jazz Band
    Concert Choir
    Bella Voce
    PA Sounds
    Off Campus Lunch (Juniors and Seniors only)
    Canned Food Drive Competition
    Almost weekly community service opportunities
    Smart Drive Challenge
    Junior Senior Ring Ceremony
    Senior Career Day
    Junior Senior Prom
    Sadie Hawkins Fall Carnival
    Winter Formal Homecoming Dance
     
     
  • Upper School Clubs

    Current US Club List
    Amnesty International (sign up)
    Art Club (sign up)
    Beta Club (sign up)
    Yearbook (take class)
    Sr Cheer (tryout)
    Sr Pom (tryout)
    Chess Club (sign up)
    Chinese Club (sign up)
    Culinary Club (sign up)
    Cum Laude Society (top 10% of graduating seniors)
    Debate Club (sign up)
    Diversity Council (sign up)
    Science and Engineering Club (sign up)
    FCA (sign up)
    French Club (sign up)
    Green Club (sign up)
    Honor Council (selected)
    Interact Club (sign up)
    Literary Journal (selected)
    Model United Nations (sign up)
    Mu Alpha Theta (invited)
    National Hispanic Honor Society (invited)
    National Honor Society (invited)
    Order of Excellence (selected)
    Quiz Bowl (sign up)
    Spanish Club (sign up)
    Stock Market Club (sign up)
    Student Council (elected)
     
  • Upper School Sports

    Boys TeamsGirls Teams
    Football
    Basketball
    Swim
    Wrestling
    Baseball
    Soccer
    Tennis
    Golf
    Cross Country
    Basketball
    Swim
    Soccer
    Softball
    Spririt Squad
    Volleyball
    Cross Country
    Golf
    Tennis

Upper School Community Service Requirements

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  • Freshman year

    15 hours minimum. Additional hours can roll over into the sophomore year or count toward Honors credit. (Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours for Honors by the end of the freshman year.) These hours may begin the summer prior to the freshman year.
  • Sophomore year

    15 hours minimum. Additional hours can roll over into the junior year or count toward Honors credit. (Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours for Honors by the end of the sophomore year.) These hours may begin the summer prior to the sophomore year.
  • Junior year

    15 hours minimum. Additional hours can roll over into the senior year or count toward Honors credit. (Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours for Honors by the end of the junior year.) These hours may begin the summer prior to the junior year.
  • Senior year

    15 hours minimum. Additional hours will count toward Honors credit. (Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours for Honors by the end of the senior year.) These hours may be completed the summer prior to the senior year. We recommend that seniors complete their hours before the end of the first semester.

List of 3 members.

  • Greg Griffeth 

    Head of Upper School
    University of Georgia - B.S.
    Vanderbilt University - M.S.
    Columbia University Teachers' College - M.A.
  • Alecia Castleberry 

    US Dean of Students; US Science Teacher
    (501) 604-1965
    University of Arkansas at Little Rock - B.S
    University of Arkansas Medical Sciences - M.S.
    University of Arkansas at Little Rock - B.A.
  • Chrissie Sachar 

    US Administrative Assistant
    (501) 604-1965
    Harding University

Pulaski Academy

12701 Hinson Road  |  Little Rock, AR 72212  |  501.604.1910
Pulaski Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for 2 1/2-year-olds through 12th grade students.