welcome to the Upper School

Welcome to the Upper School! I am pleased you found your way to our corner of the Internet and hope this and other related pages will give you a glimpse of what life is like in this extraordinary community.

One of the best things about the DA Upper School is the broad range of students who choose to share their formative years with us. We are an inclusive community with diverse backgrounds and interests that come together to grow and learn and achieve. Whether conducting an independent study on contemporary conceptions of crime and punishment; shattering records in track and field; building weather balloons to photograph the curvature of the earth; or belting out show tunes on stage, we are a school where being fully engaged — where striving to be your most authentic self — is not only accepted, it is embraced and expected.

Few of our students know exactly where they are headed in life (and at this age, why should they?), but successful DA students arrive at the Upper School with the drive, the energy, and the commitment to start an amazing journey of personal growth, fully willing to meet the challenges before them. They do so alongside an enthusiastic and dedicated faculty eager to share their love of learning and ready to support them emotionally, socially and intellectually.

The Upper School is a remarkable place to work and learn and grow. The very best way to understand who we are, of course, is to visit our campus and see firsthand what makes this community special. Please do stop in, say hello and see what we are all about …

Lanis Wilson, Director of Upper School


An independent, coeducational day school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
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