The Frazier Upper School offers students a rigorous and dynamic college preparatory curriculum that’s distinguished by exciting and diverse electives, numerous advanced and AP courses, a 1-to-1 laptop program, and outstanding teaching.
Even when they’re not in the classroom, our students are involved in school life. Broad participation is a hallmark of upper school culture, and the majority of our students participate in athletics, fine arts, or extracurriculars—often at the same time.
The Upper School is home to a number of courses and programs that offer unique opportunities for students.
The KCD Honors Program is a challenging, two-year course of study exploring philosophy, science, and the humanities from a variety of perspectives. All students complete a minimum of seventy-five hours of community service, write a 20- to 30-page thesis, deliver a summary of their research to peers and a jury, and take a two-year, six-trimester sequence of courses.
The Honors Program course sequence includes:
Philosophy and Ethics: A survey of crucial developments in Western epistemology, ontology, and ethics from the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism
Philanthropy: A nationally-recognized course that introduces students to philanthropy by having them serve as trustees of The Artemis Fund, an actual philanthropic organization
Theology and Cosmology: A survey of major world religions
Art and Aesthetics: A survey of how different cultures and artistic schools have approached questions such as “What is art?” and “What is beauty?”
Science and Truth: An exploration of epistemology, especially the historically bound connections between empiricism, logic, and truth
Modern Cultural Criticism: An examination of modern theories of language and culture such as deconstruction, feminism, and Marxism
Thanks to a generous donor, KCD has developed a robust Financial Literacy program within the upper school curriculum. Our Financial Literacy program currently consists of a pair of courses: Introduction to Finance & Investing and Economics.
The program has also included a series of distinguished guest speakers, panel discussions, and a series of workshops offered through a partnership with Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana.
In this unique upper school course, students administer a charitable fund called The Artemis Fund. Although the instructor serves as an advisor, students are solely responsible for the governance of the Fund. Fundraising through direct solicitation and special events is a major component of the course, and students must also decide how to distribute the funds each year. During the class, students review grant requests, organize site visits, interview key personnel, and consult experts from local nonprofit foundations before making their final decisions.
In 2005, the course received the prestigious Leading Edge Program Award for curriculum innovation from the National Association of Independent Schools.
The culture of the Upper School reflects trust and mutual respect. These values are expressed in the upper school’s honor pledge, which is signed by all students in grades 9–12. The code reflects a commitment to honesty and personal integrity:
As a member of the Kentucky Country Day School community of students, I believe that a commitment to a code of personal integrity is essential to the true achievement of my goals in life. The growth of personal honor is fostered best in an atmosphere where there is trust among all members of the school community. I, therefore, pledge to abide by the fundamental principles of the Honor Code which are not to lie, cheat, or steal and I will encourage others to do the same.
Technology in the Upper School is based on a one-to-one program that allows students to use laptops to create, collaborate, and communicate. The focus of the program is on meaningful intersections between technology and the curriculum. The laptop program is an important part of the upper school experience and offers students the chance to expand their usage of technology as a classroom tool while learning the organization and time management skills that are vital for success in college.
Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 80-acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.