Lovett’s Upper School program aims to cultivate the skills articulated in the school’s vision for learning: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. The curriculum instills core values surrounding honesty, respect, courage, compassion, and integrity, and develops global citizens committed to servant leadership and sustainability. The school achieves these aims through a vibrant and challenging college-preparatory curriculum that includes 29 honors and 22 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, elective options such as honors astronomy and marine biology, and interdisciplinary classes such as History of Global Nonviolence, The Holocaust and the History of Genocide, and African Studies. All juniors complete American Studies, a course that combines traditional American literature and U.S. history into an examination of the American experience. A partnership with the Global Online Academy, a consortium of independent schools around the world, allows Lovett to offer expanded course options through an innovative program of online learning. By offering these unique curricular opportunities, Lovett allows students to pursue and develop their interests, cultivate original ideas, and take an active role in their own learning.
Students complement their curriculum with robust offerings in athletics, arts, service, and clubs. Seventy-nine percent of Upper School students participate in interscholastic athletics. Eighty-two percent of Upper School students take advantage of Lovett’s fine arts offerings, including a wide range of courses (Advanced Drawing, Photogram I-III, Design & Production, and Honors Singers, to name a few) and a full schedule of co-curricular theatrical performances.
Experiential learning opportunities are another key aspect of the Upper School experience. The summer Junior Internship Program provides 50 Lovett students with career experience in everything from business to medicine to fashion design, allowing them to hone their interests and look ahead toward college and career. Partnerships with the Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta Botanical Garden allow science students the opportunity to collaborate in research studies, and senior projects offer all twelfth graders an opportunity to delve into their passions in the areas of art, engineering, service, and beyond. In ninth grade, Service Initiation for Ninth Graders (SING) provides an opportunity for students foster a stronger sense of community with their Lovett peers and within the city of Atlanta. Through River Awareness for Tenth Graders (RAFT), sophomores experience and appreciate the Chattahoochee River by spending a day rafting and cleaning the riverbanks. And juniors embark on Junior Outdoor Expedition (JOE), five days and four nights in the Pisgah National Forest.
Throughout, Lovett faculty are committed to supporting student growth through meaningful, personal interactions that foster the intellectual skills and personal qualities necessary to thrive in a complex and dynamic world.