SSL Certificate

Upper School Curriculum

Parish’s Upper School features a challenging college preparatory curriculum with advanced programs in core subjects:

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • 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.

View the 2016-17 US Course Catalog

View the 2017-18 US Course Catalog

Academy of Global Studies

A vigorous, outcomes-based academic program that complements our Advanced Placement and college prep paths with a specialization in global affairs. Learn more

Leadership Institute

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.


Academic Coursework
  • 5 weeks blended learning
  • Students choose areas of academic inquiry
  • Students design their own learning projects
  • Faculty members oversee academic projects  

Professional Experience
  • 15-50 hours required
  • Career, service or creative experiences
  • Community members serve as mentors         
  • Students present at ParishBridge Expo            

Online Class
  • All students take an online class
  • Academic and enrichment classes included
  • Class may be taken any time senior year
  • ParishBridge Online Class option                 

Life Ready Seminars
  • All students attend seminars
  • Seminars meet weekly for one hour
  • Variety of topics for real life preparation
  • Led by professionals and experts in the field    

Bridge 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. 

Learn more

Driver's Education

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:

  1. Online driver’s education course (32 hours) which must be completed before a student can test for a driving permit or schedule driving times
  2. 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.


Enroll now  

Contract - please print, sign and return to Andrew Jennings prior to starting coursework.



primer offered at lower elementary school

inquire with our admissions team


PAWS spirit store
powered by finalsite