USN's high school provides a dynamic college-preparatory curriculum in the tradition of the Liberal Arts, emphasizing breadth and depth of study across a range of disciplines and providing unique opportunities for advanced courses and independent study.
The high school is informed by a philosophy that puts students at the center of their learning in a dynamic environment where they are challenged to think critically and engage actively in their own education. While preparation for college is central, the mission of the High School is to lead students to become thoughtful citizens who are responsible to and respectful of themselves and others.
A vital part of the school’s mission is to promote individuals of personal integrity and character who take responsibility for the quality of their own lives and who recognize that they are part of a global community. Beyond its academic goals consistent with a college preparatory education, the faculty is committed to supporting students who will be poised for success yet able to cope with difficulties; will recognize the importance of inter-dependence as well as independence, of cooperation as well as competition; and will choose to move toward a higher vision of what they can accomplish in their lives.
The Student Declaration of Values, a document written by students and serving as the foundation of student culture, asserts, “We, members of the University School Community, value intellectual integrity, respect personal rights, and accept the responsibility for our freedom.” This statement reflects the trust which our faculty has in our students and the high standards to which students hold themselves.