Creating Globally Competent Citizens UPPER SCHOOL, GRADES 9–12

The Upper School is unapologetically rigorous in every respect. Benjamin’s high-achieving culture prepares students for success in college and beyond.

HIGH
EXPECTATIONS

Benjamin’s Upper School delivers an all-around outstanding high school experience. In the classroom, coursework is demanding. Faculty hold high expectations for their students, accompanied by an unwavering commitment to their success.

Our Upper School is large enough to offer all of the activities, clubs and athletics of larger schools, combined with personal attention and a community that is accepting and welcoming.

Latta Baucom Head of Upper School

CREATING GLOBALLY COMPETENT CITIZENS

The Benjamin School offers the quintessential Upper School experience for students in grades 9 through 12, with a plethora of opportunities in the classroom, on the playing field, in the studio and on the stage. Students are encouraged to explore the full range of their talents, developing their passions as well as exploring new interests and outlets. Upper School unquestionably prepares students for the demands of college and the rigors of 21st-century careers and citizenship. Students graduate as well-rounded individuals who are equal parts independent, collaborative, fearless and self-directed.

College-preparatory Curriculum
Benjamin’s robust graduation requirements call for four years of English and mathematics, three-and-a-half years of science, and three years of a world language and history. To accommodate students in fulfilling these requirements, Benjamin offers 23 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Seventy-seven percent of graduating seniors take and pass at least one AP exam.

Global Learning
Upper School students can take advantage of numerous international educational and service trips. Past destinations have included Hungary, the Grenadines and Haiti. The Benjamin School has also recently developed cooperative relationships with several schools in China—partnerships that promise to provide ready-made opportunities for mutual enrichment and exchange.

Extra-curricular Activities
In addition to athletic teams, Benjamin’s Upper School offers more than 30 student clubs and organizations to match a broad range of interests: from the environment and sustainability to activities for burgeoning inventors and entrepreneurs. Our student media outlets, including our student-run television news program, yearbook and school newspaper, are nationally known and award-winning. And although community service is not "required," Benjamin students' commitment to volunteering is impressive: each senior completes an average of 200 service hours.

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AP courses offered

student clubs and organizations

students in the
Upper Schoool

awarded annually in financial aid

THE ARTS AT THE
UPPER SCHOOL

The fine arts—both visual and performing—are valued at The Benjamin School for the skills they develop, the perspectives they encourage and the vehicle they provide for creative expression. Our goal reaches beyond arts appreciation: We seek to encourage in our Benjamin students a lasting involvement with and enjoyment of the arts that spans their lives.

Upper School students can hone their talents or explore new ones in classes and extra-curricular activities including drawing, visual design, photography, computer graphics, dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music, and multimedia. Students have many opportunities to display their work in school-related functions and concerts in addition to a number of outside venues.

ATHLETICS AT THE UPPER SCHOOL

Since its inception, The Benjamin School has produced some of the finest student-athletes in the state of Florida. You’ll find former Buccaneers playing collegiate sports at all levels, including many who receive Division I scholarships. Our sports program can be the path for an ambitious and talented student-athlete to go as far as he or she is capable. Some of our graduates have gone on to play in the NFL, the WNBA, the PGA Tour and the WTA Tour.

While we are proud of our many high-achieving student-athletes, our greatest achievement is having created a program that provides every student an opportunity to play and learn sports. Participation in team sports, conducted in an ethical environment, builds values such as sportsmanship, self-control, responsibility and a winning attitude that serves as a foundation for good character and citizenship.

interscholastic sports

graduating seniors going on
to play collegiate athletics

    Boys Teams
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
    Girls Teams
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

CLASS OF 2014 MATRICULATION LIST

Auburn University
Boston College
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Catholic University of America
Clemson University
College of Charleston (2)
College of William & Mary
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University
Culinary Institute of America
Davidson College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Flagler College
Florida Atlantic University (2)
Florida Gulf Coast University (2)
Florida State University (3)
Fordham University
Georgetown University (2)
Gettysburg College
Harvard Extension School
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Indiana University (4)
Johns Hopkins University
Manhattan College
Miami University, Oxford
Michigan State University
New College of Florida
New York University (3)
Northwestern University
Oxford College of Emory University
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Princeton University
Rollins College (2)
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Leo University
Santa Monica College
Skidmore College (2)
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
Stetson University
Syracuse University
Tulane University
Union College
University of Alabama (2)
University of Central Florida (3)
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Florida (9)
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii - Manoa
University of Miami (3)
University of Mississippi
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Tampa
University of Virginia (3)
University of Wisconsin
Wake Forest University (3)
Washington & Lee University (2)
Washington University in St. Louis
Yale University (2)

63

colleges and universities
attended by last year’s
graduating class

SCHOOL SAFETY

Over the past several years, significant and major enhancements have been made to The Benjamin School safety and security effort. While no security system is foolproof, the improvements made are designed to minimize threats, direct and control pedestrian traffic, control vehicular traffic and provide for quick responses during an emergency.

These enhancements include:
  • Installing 6-foot perimeter fencing on both campuses
  • Increasing security personnel on both campuses
  • Creating an in-house director of public safety and security position to manage security
  • Installing door buzzer and camera systems at main entrance points for both campuses
  • Installing shatterproof glass to buildings outside of fenced perimeter
  • Installing check-in visitor systems at both campuses
  • Conducting live simulated crisis exercises on both campuses with local police and SWAT teams
  • Upgrading and expanding AED capability on both campuses
  • Including safety training and awareness as part of routine teacher in-service days
  • Enlisting a top-ranked school safety consultant to perform a risk analysis for both campuses

Through the efforts of a formal health, public safety and transportation committee, all aspects of safety are constantly monitored and improved.

student/faculty ratio throughout
The Benjamin School

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Benjamin's Upper School delivers an all-around outstanding high school experience. Faculty hold high expectations for their students, accompanied by an unwavering commitment to their success.

Latta Baucom
Head of Upper School

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