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.

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  • Parrish Abramson Named Candidate for 2022 Presidential Scholars Program

    Country Day Senior Parrish Abramson has been named one of more than 5,000 candidates in the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2022.
  • All-State Orchestra Honors

    Congratulations to Phillip (violin), Mason (violin), and Charlie (cello) on their selection to the Louisiana All-State Orchestra! They will get to rehearse and perform together February 14-16 in Baton Rouge. The program this year is Dance Bacchanale (Saint-Saens), Polovetsian Dances (Borodin), and March to the Scaffold (Berlioz).
  • District Honor Band Selections

    Congrats to Henry (percussion), Xander (trumpet), and Bastien (trumpet) on their selection for the District Honor Band! They will get to rehearse together in January and perform locally (location TBD) on Sunday, January 23.


List of 13 members.

  • Photo of Augustine Whyte

    Augustine Whyte 

    Upper School Principal
    (504) 849-3178
    Williams College - B.A.
    Vanderbilt University - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Becka Curry

    Mrs. Becka Curry 

    Upper School Assistant Principal
  • Photo of Dena Majett

    Ms. Dena Majett 

    US Administrative Assistant
    (504) 849-3160
    Phone - (504) 849-3160
    University of Miami - BBA/Marketing
  • Photo of G. Howard Hunter

    Mr. G. Howard Hunter 75

    Academic Dean, US History Teacher
    (504) 849-3166
    Georgetown University - BA
    Harvard University - MEd
    Tulane University - MA
  • Photo of Shannon Barrilleaux

    Mrs Shannon Barrilleaux 

    Director of College Counseling
    (504) 849-3185
  • Photo of Ellen Cohen

    Mrs. Ellen Cohen 81

    Spanish Department Chair, US Spanish Teacher
    Smith College - BA
    Smith College - MEd
  • 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 Marisa Ledet

    Mrs. Marisa Ledet 

    US Physics Teacher
    (504) 840-3976
    Tulane University - Bachelor of Science
  • Photo of Suzanne Perlis

    Mrs. Suzanne Perlis 

    History Department Chair and Middle and Upper School Teacher
    (503) 849-3152
    Rhodes College - BA
    University of New Orleans - MA
  • Photo of Erin Walker

    Ms. Erin Walker 

    US English Teacher, English Department Chair
    DePaul University - BA
    University of New Orleans - MA
    University of New Orleans - MA
  • Photo of Andy Talmadge

    Dr. Andy Talmadge 

    Chair, Department of Applied Technology
    North Carolina State University - PhD
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte - BS
  • Photo of Madeleine Livaudais

    Ms. Madeleine Livaudais 12

    Math Department Chair, US Math Teacher, 10th grade Class Sponsor
    Bowdoin College
  • Danielle Staggers 

    504-837-5204 ext 3997