Upper School

The Upper School offers a rigorous academic and broad-based learning program that prepares students for college and life in the 21st century. 

Rain Boots

This video, submitted to the Color Maryland Green contest, grew out of an upper school advanced art class assignment. Conceived, filmed, and edited by Eve, class of 2014, this project was awarded First Prize in its category. Congratulations to Eve.

In core, elective, and AP classes, students are taught to interact collaboratively and think critically. They learn to access and analyze information in a wide range of media and disciplines. Students grapple with the complexities of global citizenship and develop an appreciation for cultural diversity.

Extension Days and Extended Study Week are an integral part of the curriculum and carry learning beyond the classroom. Internships and Community Service enable students to design and participate in meaningful life experiences.


Successful completion of a year-long course earns one credit. Successful completion of a semester course (not including physical education) earns 0.5 credit.


Academic Credit Requirements
These credit requirements are subject to review by Barrie School's Administration and governing Board. When appropriate, students will be given special considerations and waivers as needed. Successful completion of a yearlong course earns one credit; successful completion of a trimester course earns one-third credit. 

  • Humanities (8 credits)
  • Mathematics (4 credits)
  • Science (4 credits)
  • Modern Languages (3 credits)
  • Fine or Performing Arts (4 credits)
  • Electives and Independent Studies (4 credits)
  • Physical Education/Athletics, Community Service, Internship, and Extended Study Week (yearly requirements)

Student-specific modifications to these requirements for transfer students must be approved by Barrie School. At our discretion, some transfer students may be excused from specific requirements. Such exemptions require professional educational testing and a specific learning difference diagnosis.

Barrie will accept credits for courses successfully completed at other educational institutions prior to your transfer to Barrie. Summer school courses will not be accepted as replacements for Barrie’s required courses nor will they earn credit, unless approved by Barrie School. Approval must be gained prior to the end of the 3rd trimester preceding the summer course.


Please note: course offerings and semester assignments are subject to change. Some electives may be added, some may be dropped, and others may be modified.