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Upper School Signature Programs

Project Action

Student works in garden developed for Project Action.

Sidney Hare ’18 worked with Sustainable Startups to turn an interest in gardening into a successful urban farm, donating over 1,000 pounds of produce to local organizations such as the Utah Food Bank.

Project Action requires students 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.

Upper School Ethical Education


Nick Fontaine ’17 learned skills as a senior in AP Biology that, a few months later, helped him research the ebola virus as an intern with the Kay Lab in the University of Utah's Department of Biochemistry.

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.

Recent Internships

Email Internship Coordinator Dr. Laura Johnson

Exploratory Learning

Leo Smart, class of 2020, won our annual Interim Instagram contest with this landscape shot taken while camping along the Missouri River.

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.

Recent Interim Trips

  • 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.

Experiential Learning at Rowland Hall


Upper schoolers at the 2018 Tournament of Champions.

After-school debate practice.

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.


College Counseling

Senior college T-shirt day.

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.

college counseling

The Upper School Experience

Personalized Attention

Student working with teacher in science class.

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.

You Belong at Rowland Hall