The Trustees, parents and friends of The Pine School worked for many years to develop an Upper School to complement the excellent Lower and Middle Schools that had been in place since 1969.
The first class of The Upper School started in the fall of 2005, creating the culture and the traditions that will be hallmarks of the Upper School far into the future.
The Upper School, located on the Hobe Sound campus, is a rigorous academic program with AP classes, a choice of Spanish or Chinese language, electives in athletics and the arts, opportunities for study abroad, a requirement of 120 hours of community service, a Florida environmental initiative requirement, and numerous opportunities for co-curricular activities such as Student Government, Debate, Yearbook, and Newspaper. Artists, scientists and entrepreneurs visit the school and interact with the students, giving them an opportunity to learn beyond the established curriculum.
Each student in the Upper School receives a laptop computer and uses it daily in communicating with the faculty, researching topics, preparing presentations, and honing technology skills. Small classes and a committed faculty provide students with the tools and experiences they need for a successful transition to university life and their chosen career. The 21st Century Skills Curriculum is a new and exciting element in the upper school program in which students participate in mini-courses each quarter exposing them to critical skills and areas of instruction including: Technology, Health, Public Speaking, Research, Leadership, Contemporary Issues, Service Learning, and Personal Finance.
The Upper School students have developed a rich and varied social life that includes the formal Snow Ball Dance, a spring Prom, picnics at local parks and the casual Thursday lunch jazz session. Each student in the Upper School participates in an off campus learning adventure in the fall. Past programs have included six days of exploration in the Everglades, immersion in inner-city New York as volunteers for a host of service agencies, an eco-trip to Costa Rica, and completing community service work both near and afar. Past service experiences have included working with Habitat for Humanity in Martin County and a Senior trip to New Orleans.