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Upper School


Viewpoint's students thrive in the Upper School's comprehensive, college preparatory curriculum, completing course work of significant depth and breadth. The academic program teaches students a fundamental body of knowledge, refines their aptitude for critical thinking, and fosters their capacity to exercise clear, moral judgment. With classes of 10-22 students, teachers are able to create a stimulating learning environment that helps students reach their fullest potential.

The core curriculum consists of courses in English, mathematics, social studies, science, and world languages. Fourteen honors and 28 Advanced Placement courses challenge students who can work at an accelerated pace. The scores of Viewpoint's students are typically amongst the highest in the nation on these highly competitive national exams, a major asset to students applying to the most competitive colleges.
Diversity and Inclusivity

Diversity in the Upper School curriculum serves to raise awareness of ourselves, others, and our surroundings, as well as to encourage understanding of difference, privilege, and oppression of all group-based identities. The Upper School sponsors diversity workshops, lectures, and educational programs for the entire Viewpoint community and offers support to all.

Viewpoint fosters the belief that through exploration and greater understanding of experiences and perspectives outside of our own, we come to a greater understanding of ourselves. Identity investigation and achievement are associated with higher self-esteem, increased critical thinking, and advanced moral reasoning. Viewpoint is committed to reflecting all diversity, both visible and invisible, within our curriculum to ensure every voice is heard and to foster a welcoming and safe environment. We do this with the understanding that a diverse classroom and curriculum create the most effective, authentic, and powerful learning environment and best prepare our students for the global world.
Contact Us
Alan Howie
Head of Upper School
Heriot-Watt University (Scotland) - BEd

Cisco Dilg
Assistant Head of Upper School
Brown University - BA
Columbia University - MA

Kristina Jenik
Director of Community Service; Assistant Director of Student Activities; Yearbook Advisor
Cal State University, Northridge - B.A.

Mara Garcia
Upper School Counselor; Coordinator of Human Development
Gonzaga University - MA
Gonzaga University - BA

Dana Gonzalez
Ninth Grade Dean; Diversity Coordinator for the Middle and Upper School; Human Development Teacher
Middlebury College - MA
Miami University of Ohio - BA

Danielle Burness
Learning Specialist, MS/US

Elizabeth Pappademas
Assistant Learning Specialist, MS/US

Suzanne Rodas
Administrative Assistant to the Head of Upper School

Jessica Chavez
Upper School Attendance Clerk