Upper School Signature Programs
Project Action requires students between their sophomore and seniors years to engage, reflect, respond, and build on the mission-centered concept of community engagement. In short, to embrace being community builders. Students align themselves with a community-building opportunity in order to fill a need in the community they have identified. Their work may be strictly local or a connection to a global issue acted upon locally. Project Action is an opportunity to apply learning, foster leadership, and live the mission of Rowland Hall.
When students have authentic, real-world experiences, they develop the appreciation, passion, and skills to navigate a global world.A wide variety of summer internships are available to rising Rowland Hall juniors and seniors. Rowland Hall's connections in the community and our generous parent body make this program possible, enabling students to explore career interests through practical experiences.
- Data tracking and analysis at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, in a lab where physical trainers help patients in post-surgical recovery
- DNA sequencing in the University of Utah Anthropology Department
- Infectious disease drug discovery and development in a University of Utah Biochemistry Lab
- ColoCare cancer study at the Huntsman Cancer Institute
- Film editing at TWIG Media, a local film-production company
- Veterinary medicine at the Utah Animal Care Center
- Political advocacy with Alliance for a Better Utah
In September, during the first weeks of school, ninth graders spend four days at YMCA Camp Roger in the Uinta Mountains. Students bunk together in cabins, make new friends, and participate in a variety of activities including hiking, fishing, and painting. The setting on the Upper Provo River provides opportunities for interdisciplinary studies, from botany and geology to history and art. The ninth-grade curriculum integrates this experience into a variety of lessons, including the evolution of plants and the geography of the Jordan Rivers of Utah and Israel.
Upper schoolers enjoy Interim, a weeklong exploratory program unique among Utah schools. Students have the option of participating in a variety of in-town and out-of-town experiences that may include film studies and videography, hiking in Moab, river rafting, world-language immersion, and acquiring life skills that come in handy during those first weeks of college. All Interim trips intersect with the school’s mission and core values.
- Sightseeing and cultural immersion in (1) Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai for students who take Mandarin Chinese as their world language; (2) Costa Rica for students who take Spanish; and (3) Montreal for students who take French.
- Exploring Civil War history in Maryland
- Filmmaking: Spy Hop production workshop followed by a trip to the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado
- Fly-fishing in Utah and Wyoming
- Missouri River canoeing expedition
- Hiking Highway 12 (Utah state and national parks)
- Navajo Nation: learning about and brainstorming solutions for nation-to-nation problems
- Touring colleges in the Pacific Northwest
- Scuba diving in San Diego
- Human performance: learning about your own biomechanics and physiology from experts at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
In addition to Interim, Rowmark Ski Academy, athletic teams, academic departments, Debate, Math Club, and the service-learning program all take advantage, when appropriate, of state-wide, regional, national, and global opportunities for competition, service, or connection to academic studies.
Rowland Hall is recognized as a School of Excellence by the National Speech and Debate Association and is consistently ranked in the top 10% of schools nationwide for member degrees. In just the last five years, the program has produced seven State Champions, 19 National Qualifiers, and 14 Academic All-Americans, and has sent dozens of students to college on scholarships.
Our nationally recognized college counselors expertly guide students and parents through the highly competitive, complex college-admission process. They draw on many years of experience in college admissions and advising when they discuss each individual student’s and family’s goals for the next step after Rowland Hall.
Our Upper School has an average class size of 13. Every student is well-known and supported in the ways that best meet their needs.