The Upper School Experience

Intensity increases in the Upper School where students focus on academics, extracurricular activities and service to prepare for success in college and beyond. We believe that their educational experience should be at the same time both intellectually rigorous and personally stimulating. An outstanding faculty, beautiful campus, and strong traditions combine to inspire learning while encouraging character growth.

The Upper School curriculum is college preparatory - with Honors classes and Advanced Placement options available across all disciplines. Within the classroom, Country Day encourages self expression and independent thought through inquiry-based discussion. Independent study options are available for students with a special interest. Continual self-assessment and growth are also a focus for faculty and staff with more than half of the Upper School's teaching faculty have advanced academic degrees.

Within the framework of small classes that allow individual attention and encourage personal development, teaching styles include discussions, lectures, videos, field trips, writing assignments, special projects, and group work. All Country Day graduates are computer literate and learn in-depth word processing, databases, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and basic computer language as a means to further learning.

To supplement its strong academic programs, Country Day offers a wide variety of opportunities for personal accomplishment and growth through extracurricular activities and service. Students may undertake a program of independent work by taking courses at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCAA) or senior externship opportunities for class-produced publications such as Le Melange and eh, las bas!

Country Day produces confident, mature, well-rounded graduates who are prepared to do well in a number of different areas. We take great pride in the scholastic achievements of our upper school students. Although Country Day offers very few internal awards to its students, their academic accomplishments are recognized annually by numerous colleges, universities, and other institutions. In 2015, 20 students were inducted into the National Honors Society and seven were designated national merit scholarship winners.
We do more than teach the rules. We teach students to understand why the rules are important.

--Upper School Principal, Howard Barton

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    Augustine Whyte 

    (504) 849-3178
  • Photo of Shannon Barrilleaux

    Mrs Shannon Barrilleaux 

    Metairie Park Country Day
    Director of College Counseling
    (504) 849-3185
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    Mrs. Ellen Cohen 81

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Spanish Department Chair, US Spanish Teacher, National Honor Society Advisor
    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Smith College - BA
    Smith College - MEd
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    Mrs. Becka Curry 

    Upper School Assistant Principal
  • Photo of Mary Beth Ellis

    Ms. Mary Beth Ellis 

    French Department Chair, US French Teacher, Humanities Teacher
    Louisiana State University - BS
    Tulane University - MEd
  • Photo of Gretchen Hennessy

    Mrs. Gretchen Hennessy 

    Math Department Chair, US Math, Grade 11 Sponsor
    (504) 849-3167
    University of Virginia - B.A.
    University of Virginia - M.A.
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    Mr. G. Howard Hunter 75

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Academic Dean, US History Teacher
    (504) 849-3166
    Georgetown University - BA
    Harvard University - MEd
    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Tulane University - MA
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    Mrs. Marisa Ledet 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    US Physics Teacher, Science Department Chair
    (504) 840-3976
    Tulane University - Bachelor of Science
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    Ms. Dena Majett 

    US Administrative Assistant
    (504) 849-3160
    Phone - (504) 849-3160
    University of Miami - BBA/Marketing
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    Mrs. Suzanne Perlis 

    Metairie Park Country Day
    History Department Chair and Middle and Upper School Teacher
    (503) 849-3152
    Rhodes College - BA
    University of New Orleans - MA
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    Ms. Erin Walker 

    US English Teacher, English Department Chair
    DePaul University - BA
    University of New Orleans - MA
    University of New Orleans - MA