Upper School: 9th-12th

No two students leave NSU University School’s Upper School having traveled the same path. We encourage each student to rise and meet his or her own standards of excellence. What our students share, in the process, is an experience of intellectual challenge and curiosity.

As thinkers and problem solvers, students are asked to stretch beyond their strengths and wrestle with challenging real world problems that do not have easy answers. Upper School students craft individualized academic programs through which they discover their passions as learners and develop their voices as leaders. Our faculty are committed to supporting our students through this discovery process, fostering an experiential, collaborative, and supportive classroom environment in which students shine on intellectual, social, and emotional levels.

Working with teachers who are both accomplished in their fields and student-centered in their approach, Upper School students participate enthusiastically in the classroom environment. In any given day, students explore labs, participate in deep and probing discussions, write critically and creatively, refine their thinking, and learn to solve cutting-edge problems. In fact, students engage in conversations you might hear in college seminars. For example, they don’t just learn the process of protein synthesis; they invent their own systems for modeling the process.

NSU University School’s connection with Nova Southeastern University, Florida’s largest private university, serves as an added educational benefit for our students. This unique affiliation provides students with exceptional academic opportunities and access to world-class NSU scientists, researchers, and distinguished professors, giving students an advantage as they prepare for college and beyond.


Click here to view a list of our Upper School course offerings, which includes core classes, AP classes, electives, and special programs.

College Counseling

The College Counseling Department at NSU University School supports students and families throughout the college search and selection process. Counselors provide continuous support assisting each student one-on-one in completing applications, reviewing resumes and college essays, preparing for college interviews, accessing financial aid/scholarship information, and formulating an appropriate list of colleges. Each student is assigned a college counselor beginning their freshman year.

College Counseling Events

  • Senior Application Workshop
  • College Fair
  • Financial Aid Presentation
  • Sophomore/Junior Symposium
  • Athletic Recruitment Night
  • College Representative Visits / Information Sessions
  • Grade Level Parent Meetings (8th – 12th grades)
  • Recent Graduate/Alumni Panel
  • Advisory Program and Special Interest Sessions
  • Junior Essay Workshop with English department
  • College Readiness Workshop

For more information about our College Counseling Department and to see what universities our students have been accepted to, click here.

Experiential Learning

Our connection to Nova Southeastern University offers students unmatched opportunities and the ability to work collaboratively with world-class NSU scientists, researchers, and distinguished professors.

The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (KPCOM)/NSU University School Fellowship provides juniors and seniors with the opportunity to interact with NSU medical professionals and explore an array of health professions such as dentistry, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, and audiology.

The NSU DWC Fellowship Program is designed for students who have demonstrated interest and skill in communications will interact with the NSU College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department of Writing and Communication (CAHSS/DWC), NSU Office of Student Media, and the NSU Lifelong Learning Center. DWC Fellows explore the fields of journalism, broadcasting, and communications and get hands-on experience in interviewing, feature writing, and radio and film production.

For more information about our experiential learning opportunities, click here.


Click here to see the clubs, organizations, community service, leadership programs, student publications and special events Upper School students can get involved with.

Students are also welcome and encouraged to start clubs of their own should they feel led to.

Artistic Opportunities

Click here to view a list of artistic opportunities available to NSU University School Upper School students through our robust Arts Department.

Athletic Teams

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

For more information about our Athletics Department, click here.