Preparing Boys for Life.

Upper School

Welcome to the Haverford’s Upper School, a thoughtful and exciting place for a young man to learn and grow.

Here, we focus on the wide range of skills, both academic and social, that are necessary for success in a rigorous college program. We are dedicated to graduating young men who are prepared to be moral, ethical and productive contributors to our society. Powerful learning experiences, both formal and informal, take place in classrooms, hallways, studios, labs, and on athletics fields every day.

Meet Nasir, 12th grade

Explore our Upper School programs in the slideshow below:


In the Upper School:
  • Teachers are well-versed in the art and science of classroom instruction, are dedicated to ongoing pursuit of their academic disciplines, and are fully appreciative of the power of close teacher-student relationships to affect learning.
  • Our classes offer the hands-on, up-on-your feet, collaborative problem-solving exercises that boys enjoy and the structured direction and clear expectations that they need.
  • Core study in six major disciplines is complemented by elective offerings such as Engineering, Electronics, Economics, Software Programming, The Modern Middle East, Modern Black Lives, Music Production and Recording, Molecular Biology, and Environmental Ethics, to name but a few.
  • Time designated for extra help, small classes, an advisory program, and the Enrichment and Learning Center helps each student realize his full potential.
  • Our student-run Honor Council ensures that our Honor Code is a vital and educational presence in the lives of the boys.
  • We eschew any single definition of a Haverford man. He is a scholar, an athlete, an artist, a performer, a servant, a leader, and a friend.
  • Students on the Model UN, Mock Trial, Debate, and Robotics teams regularly earn regional and national honors. Our student newspaper The Index and student literary magazine Pegasus are similarly decorated.

Upper School Happenings

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In Conceptual Physics, students were introduced to Ozobots in coordination with "Hour of Code" events. Ozobots are programmable robots with text block-based and color-based codes. Students focused on the color code structure, understanding that placement of code is just as critical as in any other language. They used the color codes to program the Ozobots to successfully navigate a map.

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The Haverford School’s Robotics Team joined materials science professionals from around the world at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting in Boston, Mass., Nov. 25-30. Upper School engineering teacher Dr. Holly Golecki joined the team of nine students at the event, where the boys showcased their work in soft robotics, made valuable networking connections, and learned about the materials science industry. Two Haverford alumni, Jon Paras ’14 and Ed King ’18 also attended the conference. 

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Six Haverford School robotics teams competed at the VEX Robotics Competition on Dec. 1 at Great Valley High School in Malvern. Team 169A earned the title of Skills Champion and received the Design Award. Team 169A and 169X were named Tournament Champions, and along with Tournament Finalist 169Y will advance to the state tournament in March.