Upper School Student Life
The Upper School’s rigorous academic program is balanced by extracurricular opportunities that are as diverse as our students’ interests and abilities. Upper School students also benefit from additional faculty support through our advisory and class dean programs. The following list is a selection of the many opportunities available to Upper School students.
Student Council Association
The Student Council Association (SCA) provides student leaders with opportunities to organize and sponsor student life activities, represent the interests of the Upper School students, promote class and School unity, hone leadership skills, promote service and serve as positive role models for the other members of the student body.
The purpose of this student organization is to provide a forum for creators, both literary and visual; encourage members of the Flint Hill community to think, create, feel, and experience; and to encourage expression, growth, and appreciation of art in all its forms.
Upper School students have the opportunity to support publication of Iditarod, the Flint Hill yearbook, by providing photographic and editorial coverage of school events.
Model United Nations
This organization allows students to discuss topics from the perspectives of foreign countries in quick-fire debates.
The purpose of this student organization is to keep the Flint Hill community informed about school news, events and opinions through a student-written online newspaper.
Black Student Union
This organization provides students of color with opportunities to connect and discuss current events and educational opportunities related to the African American experience.
Hosts and Ambassadors
Members of this student organization welcome prospective students and their families to Flint Hill, host prospective students for half-day visits, and conduct tours of the Upper School campus.
Members of the Broadcasting Club produce, film and broadcast Flint Hill athletic events.
The purpose of this organization is to provide students the opportunity to explore the game of chess, with lessons and competitions for students of all skill levels.
Members of this student organization create ceramic art for, and help sponsor Flint Hill’s annual Empty Bowls service event in partnership with DC Central Kitchen.
The student organization promotes classical studies in the modern world through service, and social and scholastic opportunities.
The Alliance works to improve the School climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
The Jam Club provides collaborative opportunities for students to develop musical technique and improvisational skill, with the goal of performing during School events and breaks.
The purpose of this student organization is to promote awareness, activism and advocacy at Flint Hill; to create new service opportunities for students; and to support existing service opportunities at the School.
Class Deans are assigned to each of the four grade levels to provide an administrative presence devoted to the needs of each class and individual student. Each Class Dean chairs bi-weekly grade level faculty meetings, working with the Upper School counselors and faculty advisors to develop plans for student assistance and support. Class Deans also work with the student leaders for his or her particular class to develop activities that build community and encourage members of the class to exercise new forms of leadership.
The Upper School advisory program seeks to create a community within a community, matching students with adults who will serve as guides for a student’s journey through the academic, moral and physical challenges of his or her Upper School years.
In addition to Field Studies, global off-campus learning opportunities are a particular highlight of the Middle and Upper School programs. Middle School students have recently expanded their learning through trips to Rome and Athens, and Upper School students have traveled to Guatemala; Malaga, Spain; and the Galapagos Islands. Members of our faculty regularly travel abroad during the summer to gain a global perspective on leading-edge instructional practices.