All students take a year-long English course every year, alongside others in their same Form. In their final semester, students select an elective to complete their English requirement.
All students complete three year-long survey courses: Ancient World History, Modern World History, and United States History. These courses prepare students for their choice of history elective.
All students complete three years of mathematics. Most students take four years of math and many choose to add a math elective.
Modern and Classical Languages
All students complete at least two years of study in one (or, in some cases, two) of three language offerings: Chinese, Latin, or Spanish.
The Upper School expands the opportunities for music making with courses on everything from the production of music and music theory to songwriting and guitar.
All students complete three years of core laboratory science in physics, chemistry, and biology. These courses build skills sequentially, preparing students for college and career-focused electives.
In three courses, Haverford students experience every aspect of theater, from learning acting technique and engaging in stage combat to forming a theater company and producing a play.
After taking the Visual Art: Foundations course, students have their choice of ceramics, woodworking, 2D and 3D art, and digital art courses.
Day in the Life
Upper School student Nasir describes how the School's core virtues are forming the man he will become.
Haverford performing arts department chair Darren Hengst led students from Haverford, Agnes Irwin, Baldwin, Shipley, Merion Mercy, and Notre Dame in a virtual performance of "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Meet the Head of the Upper School
Mr. Mark Fifer
Mark Fifer joined The Haverford School in 2004 as a faculty member in the history department and coach in the basketball and baseball programs. Prior to becoming Head of Upper School, Fifer served as Upper School Dean of Students. He earned an M.S.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and since 2015 has served as a university assignment mentor in the program.