Our Upper School offers a vibrant learning and spiritual environment where students develop the skills and understanding necessary to be successful lifelong learners. The college-preparatory curriculum integrates the best of traditional and 21st century learning, emphasizing critical and creative thinking through a variety of projects and experiences designed to bolster effective communication skills. Block scheduling provides students with time for in-depth learning.
Academic requirements are rigorous, with numerous AP and college-level classes, while providing for personalization through elective choices across the curriculum. Students also take advantage of individualized learning experiences, such as Catalyst internships offered through the Science Department.
The GA Community gathers for Convocation every morning for a time of reflection and connection. Members of the Gilmour Community collaborate to create an intellectually challenging, inclusive and inspiring learning environment.
Each year students reflect on their individual development through self-assessment presentations to their parents, teachers, and counselors. Seniors present two exhibitions, one reflecting on defining moments during their Gilmour tenure and another following self-directed Senior Projects in May.
Outside of the classroom, students have many opportunities to make friends, explore interests and develop talents, from athletics to the arts to entrepreneurship.
Gilmour students gain firsthand understanding of service, leadership and global awareness as they work together to aid others in Greater Cleveland, New Orleans, Austin and Honduras. Through these real-world service-learning opportunities that reinforce Holy Cross values, students live out Gilmour’s mission to “develop the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society.”