Upper School Curriculum
Parish’s Upper School features a challenging college preparatory curriculum with advanced programs in core subjects:
- World Languages
- Religious Studies
- Visual & Performing Arts
In addition, Parish allows our Upper School students to pursue exceptional opportunities tailored for their individual strengths and interests through innovative, unique programs such as those listed in the collapsible bars below.
A vigorous, outcomes-based academic program that complements our Advanced Placement and college prep paths with a specialization in global affairs. Learn more
Specialized instruction and experiences in leadership for a select group of Upper School students with a recognized aptitude in this area. The Leadership Institute is a component of ParishLeads, our leadership program that includes every Parish student, beginning in PreK and continuing through senior year. Learn more
An innovative program of blended courses that combine traditional classroom instruction with leading-edge online course work. ParishVirtual offers a range of courses both for credit and for enrichment. Learn more
An exciting, hands-on, collaborative and competitive program that cultivates critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills as it involves real-world application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Learn more
ParishBridge provides an opportunity for students to design personalized learning experiences and nurture individual passions. Students create a third trimester curriculum that incorporates interdisciplinary learning and real world application, resulting in a culminating high school experience that prepares them for life beyond graduation. Like the Academy of Global Studies and the Leadership Institute, ParishBridge engages students in independent thinking and problem solving, directs students to explore areas of passion, builds students' networking and communication skills, and develops confident, self-reliant individuals who take ownership of their own learning.
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ParishBridge occurs during the second half of third trimester during the senior year, beginning mid-April and concluding a week prior to graduation. Successful completion of all four ParishBridge categories are required for graduation.
As part of its innovative and tailored approach to accommodate students regardless of the subject area, Parish secured its position as a licensed driver's education provider, one of the few independent schools in the DFW area with such a license. There's no need to go through a third party to get your classroom instruction and driving hours; everything can be taken care of in one place, during the school day, leaving weekends and evenings for students and families to enjoy other activities.
ParishDrives consists of two parts:
- Online driver’s education course (32 hours) which must be completed before a student can test for a driving permit or schedule driving times
- In-car training, under supervision of our licensed instructor, consisting of 7 driving hours and 7 additional hours observing a peer.
Please note the following:
Driving sessions are offered during students’ free periods during the school day. Driving sessions typically involve groups of 2-3 students and last 60-90 minutes.
This course fulfills students’ instructor-led, behind-the-wheel requirement; however, there is additional adult supervised drive time required before a license may be obtained.
Contract - please print, sign and return to Andrew Jennings prior to starting coursework.