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. Joel Coleman has more than two decades of experience teaching, coaching, and independent school leadership, serving most recently as Upper School Head at St. Paul’s School in Maryland. In that role, he led several curriculum initiatives, including spearheading changes to the school’s International Baccalaureate program, creating and implementing a K-12 departmental review cycle, and overseeing updates to the upper school’s science, math, arts, and philosophy curricula. As part of this work, he partnered with faculty to create a portrait of a graduate and better define standards of teaching excellence at each grade level. In addition, Dr. Coleman piloted K-12 instructional coaching and mentoring for the faculty and worked to further align curriculum and faculty development with the school’s mission.

Director's Blog

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

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