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Upper School (Grades 8 -12)

Berchmans Upper School (Grades 8-12)

Berchmans Academy's philosophy emanates from the educational tradition begun in France in 1800 by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and brought to America in 1818 by St. Philippine Duchesne.

The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum where students are not only encouraged to acquire the basic skills to continue their education, but also are encouraged to gain a love of learning and the ability to apply their knowledge to moral, intellectual, and social questions. While focusing on the individual, the school endeavors to provide opportunities for students to develop a concern for others through the sharing of experiences by students and faculty from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

Our unique and challenging Honors Program is an individualized course of study that allows students to explore a topic of interest and to demonstrate their understanding through a capstone project.  Its standards promote a growth mindset, active learning, global learning and academic integrity. 


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Upper School (Grades 8-12)

Upper School Administration

Angie Boagni                                    division head

Chris Garvey
dean of students

charlotte lahaye, 
Ed.D, NBCT       
curriculum coordinator                

Berchmans    Honors

"The Honors Program develops 21st century learning skills in students through a dynamic, multidisciplinary curriculum that promotes innovation, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving. As students advance in the program over the course of their Upper School careers, they have opportunities to apply their learning to real-world situations and to leave a meaningful impact on their world. "

-Roxanne Guillory, Honors Program Director, Upper School English Teacher

The Jacobs Teen Innovation Challenge

In Spring of 2022, Berchmans seniors, Pierre Charbonnet and Collin Coon featured their research and invention, The Bagasse Boiler, in the Jacobs Teen Innovation Challenge, earning a third place finish out of 3100+ students from 15 countries and 30 US states.

Learn about The Bagasse Boiler and its significance in improving sustainability for the sugar cane industry here.