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Upper School (9-12)

Academic Philosophy / Curriculum

We immerse our students in a broad liberal arts curriculum with an emphasis on helping them develop the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in our increasingly diverse, interconnected, technological-driven world. We combine traditional standards of academic rigor and discipline with modern approaches to teaching and learning. We are well aware that advances in technology and communication have dramatically changed our world, and that these changes necessitate corresponding changes in how we educate our children. In today’s knowledge economy, students need new skills. It is our goal for our curriculum to help students develop proficiency in seven broad areas:
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Collaboration across networks
  • Agility and adaptability
  • Initiative and entrepreneurialism
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Accessing and analyzing information
  • Curiosity and imagination

While many of our students attend selective colleges and universities, we are most interested in helping students find the college or university that is best suited for them. Along with strong academic and co-curricular offerings, The Lakeside School Upper School strives to promote leadership, service, and a sense of ownership and responsibility for the school and to prepare students for citizenship in the larger community.

A Lakeside education is an active partnership among parents, students and faculty that is focused on the academic, athletic and personal development of every student. The Lakeside faculty strives to be positive role models who live by the statement "students will not care how much you know if they do not know how much you care." For over 50 years The Lakeside School has prepared young people for success in college and in life.

Dual Enrollment Program

Currently, The Lakeside School has dual enrollment agreements with the following colleges and universities:  (Click links below to read more.)

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA - UA Early College 
https://uaearlycollege.ua.edu/

TROY UNIVERSITY - Accelerate
https://www.troy.edu/academics/academic-programs/accelerate-dual-enrollment-high-school-students.html

WALLACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
https://www.wallace.edu/admissions/types-of-students/dual-enrollment-dual-credit-students/

Upper School Community Service Requirement

Because our goal is to prepare our students for lives of responsibility, service and achievement, we require service learning of our students. All Upper School students must complete 80 hours of community service prior to graduation.

Student Activities

All Lakeside students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities which may involve planning service projects, producing student publications, or competing on an athletic or an academic team. These types of activities are an essential part of our educational program. The organizations listed below provide needed opportunities for students to show leadership, responsibility and initiative in a setting designed to encourage independence and mature judgment. Each organization has a faculty advisor who is responsible for working with the students to encourage growth in these important areas of development. In addition to all of these activities, opportunities are offered in athletics, where many teams are fielded each year.
  • Senior Beta Club
  • Scholar’s Bowl Team
  • National Honor Society
  • Technology Team
  • Science Bowl Team
  • FCA
  • Oratorical Team
  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Yearbook
  • Newspaper
  • SGA (Student Government Association)