Upper School

Upper School

9th through 12th Grade

Rivermont’s Upper School provides a rigorous, integrated college prep curriculum in a supportive environment. Our climate of high expectations creates positive peer pressure for excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and character.

Upper School focuses on preparing students with the critical thinking, problem solving, and writing skills necessary for success in college and the global job market. Upper School curriculum provides an increasing degree of choice and challenge as students progress. A broad base of knowledge in English, history, science, math, foreign language, and the arts is combined with a wide variety of honors, independent study, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit through both AP courses and Rivermont’s Education Partner Program with Augustana College, St. Ambrose University, and Western Illinois University. To learn more about the Education Partner Program, click here.

While curriculum is intensive, much support and assistance is available. Advisors work closely with students to help develop their academic plan and choose the array of courses that best suits their strengths and goals. In addition, Rivermont’s thorough, personalized college counseling program is an invaluable resource, educating every student and family on the intricacies of the college planning process and playing an active role in every phase. To learn more about the college counseling program, click here.

The diversity of the Rivermont Experience both in and out of the classroom develops each student into a well-rounded adult. Students are encouraged to stretch themselves, explore new ideas, and take risks in academics, athletics, and arts. Rivermont is a community where all members think – and act – outside the box.

100% of Rivermont graduates are accepted to 4-year colleges and universities. Rivermont graduates are accomplished and independent learners, possessing the knowledge, creativity, confidence, character, and global perspective to meaningfully contribute to their college communities and the world beyond.

Graduation Requirements

Grad Requirements

To receive a Rivermont Collegiate Diploma, a student must have:
   1. Attended four years in the Upper School or accredited high school
   2. Completed the Junior Service Project
   3. Completed the Senior Internship Project
   4. Must be accepted to a four year college or university
   5. Participated in two Upper School Dramatic or Musical Performances
   6. Participated as a player/manager one season with a Rivermont Athletic Team
Total Required Academic Credits for Diploma = 26

To receive a Rivermont Collegiate Honors Diploma, a student must:
   1. Complete all requirements for a regular diploma
   2. Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
   3. Earn an additional credit in: Math, Science, and Social Studies/Foreign Language
   4. Include two disciplines in Performing & Fine Arts credits
Total Required Academic Credits for Honors Diploma = 29

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View our Upper School Curriculum Guide to learn more or visit the Upper School pages in the menu to the left.

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