Empower your child to take ownership of their educational journey at Gilmour Academy Upper School, where students become passionate, motivated learners for life.
At the Upper School, our rigorous college-preparatory education goes hand in hand with real-world enrichment opportunities, authentic spiritual development and focused leadership development.

From ninth to 12th grade and beyond, Gilmour students are highly motivated and well equipped for what comes next. We graduate lifelong learners with the competence, confidence and courage to change the world.

UPPER SCHOOL CURRICULUM FINE-TUNES STUDENTS’ ABILITIES IN:

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  • Critical thinking and problem solving

    • A contemplative academic culture supports students as they challenge assumptions and come to terms with ambiguities.
    • Student-led Socratic seminars probe essential and unanswerable questions rather than requiring rote memorization of facts.
  • Leadership and relationship-building

    • Leadership and civic learning externships develop thoughtful, aspirational leaders known for their competence and ability to take action.
    • An emphasis on collaboration and cooperation fosters lifelong friendships among peers and enables students to develop a strong professional network within and beyond Greater Cleveland.
  • Agility and adaptability

    • Yearly self-assessment presentations require students to earnestly examine goals, achievements, strengths and weaknesses for continuous growth.
    • The Holy Cross tradition of hospitality opens students’ minds to new perspectives and affirms that differences aren’t inherently divisive.
  • Initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship

    • A dedicated Learning Enhancements Coordinator helps motivated learners to connect the dots between interests and real-world experience.
    • Entrepreneurial studies reward innovative thinking and offer a safe testing ground for new ideas.
  • Effective communication skills

    • At least one semester of speech and debate is mandatory, enabling every student to learn to articulate their beliefs and support their positions using facts and logic.
    • Morning Convocation for grades 7 through 12 are entirely student-led, developing comfortable, confident public speakers who are leagues ahead of their peers.
  • Ability to access and analyze information

    • 90-minute block scheduling, experience and sophisticated faculty members and small class sizes of about 15 allow for complex analysis and mastery of content.
    • Weekly faculty advisory sessions and individualizedgrade-level and collegecounseling challenge and support students in their studies and help create self-motivated lifelong learners.
  • Spiritual awakening and moral decision-making

    • Study of religious texts and daily opportunity for reflection directs students of all faiths to seek connections and find purpose.
    • Charitable research projects and required volunteer service inspire empathy and demonstrate the power of action.

Courses/Departments

Highlights by grade

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  • 9th/Freshman

    • Class retreat at the University of Notre Dame
    • Overnight Twilight at the Tudor experience
    • Interdisciplinary Trial of Socrates project
    • Class service trips to Food Bank
    • Courage 2 Act peer mentors from junior class
  • 10th/Sophomore

    • Annual high-low ropes course challenge
    • Alumni Career Day
    • Class service trips to tutor at local grade schools
    • Sophomore College Night
  • 11th/Junior

    • Overnight Kairos spirituality retreat
    • Praxis social justice research projects
    • Urban Plunge community immersion
    • Opportunities to meet with visiting college admission counselors
    • Courage 2 Act Crew freshmen mentoring
  • 12th/Senior

    • Overnight Kairos retreat leadership
    • National Decision Day celebrating college enrollment
    • Promenade at Tudor House
    • Senior examens
    • 60-hour experiential capstone project

~ Blessed Father Basil Moreau

“Knowledge itself does not bring about positive values, but positive values do influence knowledge and put it to a good use. If there ever existed a time when this type of education should be an influence in the lives of young people, it is certainly now.”

Upper School Administration

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  • Mr. Jonathan Wanders 

    Director of the Upper School
    (440) 684-4553
  • Mrs. Linda Wheeler 

    Administrative Assistant of the Dean of Student Life; Manager of Upper School Office
    (440) 473-8070

List of 2 members.

  • Mrs. Patricia Brubaker 

    Director of Counseling; Dean of Faculty
    (440) 684-4563
  • Mr. David Pfundstein 

    Dean of Student Life; Boys Basketball - Varsity Head Coach
    440-684-4569

Mailing Address

34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040
phone: (440) 442-1104

Campus Addresses
An independent, Catholic, coed, day and boarding school in the Holy Cross tradition. Toddler-grade 12.