Upper School

Gill's Upper School is a place where all students are deeply engaged, both in the classroom and through co-curricular activities.

We are committed to being an engaging, inclusive, and supportive community. We know and value one another and respect the contributions that each person brings to campus. Our rich and varied academic program prepares students for top-tier colleges and universities, while still allowing for a balanced experience—with room to explore and discover new interests.

We offer rigorous academic coursework, including AP and honors classes, and our teachers encourage students to continually challenge themselves academically. Faculty offer the support to enable students to thrive. That balance allows our students to offer their best work, grow in confidence, and act with integrity.


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Upper School.

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Spring Unit Program

A signature program for nearly 50 years, the Spring Unit Program provides two-week experiential learning opportunities each May, including immersive study, field work, and regional and international travel opportunities.

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Club and Activities

Have a hobby? A special interest? A unique talent? Discover your path at Gill.

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Student Life

Promoting the importance of co-curricular education, Gill provides students with exceptional athletic, fine and performing arts experiences, community service, clubs, and leadership opportunities.

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Distance Learning Program

Our distance learning program provides opportunities for virtual connection, collaboration, and exploration. Faculty and students work together using a variety of online media tools for synchronous and asynchronous instruction, which fosters success in both independent and shared learning experiences.

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Upper School Director

Dr. Coleman has served for decades as a teacher, coach, mentor, and administrator in independent schools along the Atlantic seaboard.  He has significant experience in school curriculum evaluation, faculty growth models, and the development and implementation of standards for teaching excellence.  More importantly, he has mentored countless students, faculty, and families through daily triumphs and life-long challenges.  He appreciates our communal duty to ensure that academic excellence is the bedrock of a Gill St. Bernard’s education. He believes that a school’s mission is a powerful agent for change in the lives of our families and our communities, and he has found a home at GSB because the school acts in accordance with its core values.  He also is a proud GSB parent and ardent supporter of our teams and programs.

Director's Blog

Dr. Joel Coleman, Upper School Division Director, shares his thoughts and experiences with our community.

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