Gill's Upper School is a place where all students are deeply engaged, both in the classroom and through co-curricular activities. Our rich and varied academic program prepares students for top-tier colleges and universities, while still allowing for a balanced Upper School 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, however, also 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.

Gill is 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. 

A Day in the Life of an Upper School Student

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  • Sample Upper School Schedule

    The Upper School curriculum provides students with opportunities to pursue rigorous academic coursework, choose from dynamic elective options, feel comfortable taking academic risks, and find their own balance between challenge and success. Due to the number of course offerings in the Upper School and the diversity of talents and interests our students bring to the division, daily schedules can vary considerably from student to student. Each class meets four times per week. Depending on the day, students will have five or six classes, ranging from 45-70 minutes in length. Below you will find a sample schedule, indicating what a typical day might look like for a student in the Upper School at GSB.

    8:15-9:10Latin V
    9:15-10:10Portfolio Development
    10:15-10:25Advisory
    10:30-11:05Meeting
    11:10-12:20AP Calculus AB
    12:25-1:10AP European History
    1:10-1:45Lunch
    1:50-3:00Honors World Literature

Upper School Director

Sue Petrone has been teaching and working at independent schools for over ​25 years. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Haverford College, Haverford PA and a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA. Prior to accepting her current role as Upper School Director, in 2008, Sue served as an Assistant Dean of Students, Dorm Head, science teacher, and Science Department head at three other independent schools.

She is married to another independent school educator (Dr. Leo Janas, GSB's history department chair) and has a daughter enrolled in GSB's Middle School as well as a son who graduated in 2016.

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.