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.

Faculty Highlight

Mr. Kevin Dibert

Mr. Kevin Dibert has been making an impact here at NSU University School for 13 years as an Upper School teacher and advisor for the World in Distress (WIND) Club, STEM Club, the Math Team, and Mu Alpha Theta.

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Upper School News

Alexander Wertman '19

As an NSU University School student for the last four years, Alexander Wertman's time in the Upper School has been nothing short of a home run. At USchool, Wertman has been able to cultivate his passion and curiosity for STEM-related subjects, hone his technical and leadership abilities on the baseball field, and serve as an inclusive, personable role model for other students. His hard work has culminated this year by recently being named a National Merit Finalist and the Salutatorian for the Class of 2019.

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Skylar Ronkin '19

Although Skylar Ronkin took up the sport of pole vaulting her sophomore year, she has vaulted her way from junior kindergarten to the finish line that is senior year having experienced successes of all sorts at NSU University School. Ronkin's commitment to the NSU value of academic excellence is evident in the numerous awards and distinctions she has earned such as being named a National Merit Semifinalist, National AP Scholar, earning a nearly perfect SAT score, and being named the Valedictorian for the Class of 2019.

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Aysha Zackria '19

The sky is the limit for senior Aysha Zackria, an NSU University School "lifer" who has cultivated various passions while demonstrating a true love for learning during her 14 years at USchool. She is mindful and enthusiastic about seizing every opportunity that is presented to her because she knows she can handle doing so. "I'm a person who wants to do everything, and I think that having access to so many things has been really important me," Zackria said. "USchool is the land of opportunity; there's so much to do here."

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Michael Gonzalez '19

For senior Michael Gonzalez, science, service, and sincerity have defined his eight years as an NSU University School student. Having taken 10 Advanced Placement classes in high school and currently enrolled in six, Gonzalez sees a challenge and tackles it head-on without hesitation. He ultimately desires to learn as much as he can and takes full advantage of the personalized education we offer at USchool.

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Varsity Boys Basketball Team Recognized by NSU president for state championship win

The NSU University School Varsity Boys Basketball team was honored with their championship rings by Head of School Dr. William Kopas and Nova Southeastern University President Dr. George Hanbury for finishing the 2018 season with a 35-2 record and making school history by winning their first 5A State Championship!

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Upper School Theatre Students Win 9 Cappies for Tuck Everlasting

It was a night to remember as our Upper School theatre students dressed their best at The Cappies Awards Gala, an esteemed Tony-like celebration for private and public high schools in Broward and Palm Beach counties, and walked away with 9 Cappies for their involvement in the musical Tuck Everlasting — the most Cappies out of all schools that had nominees!

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Ms. Ann Marie Sellers

Upper School English department chair and teacher Ms. Ann Marie Sellers has 13 years of teaching experience, and we have been fortunate to have her at NSU University School for six of those years teaching English 10 Honors and Independent Research Study.

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Mr. Kevin Dibert

Mr. Kevin Dibert has been making an impact here at NSU University School for 13 years as an Upper School teacher and advisor for the World in Distress (WIND) Club, STEM Club, the Math Team, and Mu Alpha Theta.

Read more about Mr. Kevin Dibert