Upper School Grades 9-12

"We moved our daughter to Doane Academy in eighth grade.  We live in a community in South Jersey with a highly rated school district.  Despite this, we felt that our daughter was surviving in school instead of thriving. We wanted her to develop a love and passion for learning. Doane has afforded her this opportunity.  The Lead Onward classes challenge the students to think about ethics, sustainability, social justice and other important real word topics. 

We all hope that our children will thrive academically, but more importantly, we hope that they will develop into adults who contribute to their community, society and humanity.  Doane provides the building blocks to attain these goals."

- Jamie , Upper School parent



Offering a rigorous college preparatory program

Doane Academy has academics which challenge students to cultivate deeply resonant personal truths and develop empathetic perspectives that allow them to fully engage with the world around them.

Designed to foster increasingly high levels of autonomy at each grade level, our curriculum allows students to acquire the foundational academic knowledge required for their future studies while also keeping them focused on a critical truth: knowledge acquires its full potency and meaning only when used in the service of improving one’s self and one’s world.

Building and sustaining strong relationships is at the heart of Doane’s culture and is a critical and ever-present part of our classroom environments. Teachers know, love, and encourage each of their students on a daily basis and in doing so, guide them to discover and articulate the ideas and learning approaches that inspire them. Our faculty’s shared focus on our mission and our students’ growth is manifested in every element of our program.

Students take not one but two English courses during 9th grade, one of which focuses exclusively on developing the writing skills one must have to communicate who they are and what they believe.

In partnership with Studio Incamminati, one of the nation’s foremost schools of art, students learn how to see the world in higher definition as they learn the techniques and principles of humanist realism.

Through seminar-style conversations, our Lead Onward Program classes challenge students to have honest and open conversations about the issues which too often divide us.

These offerings and many more guide students to reach their full potential by helping them know themselves and impact their world.

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Four-Year Course Plan Examples

Though there are numerous pathways through our curriculum, here are a few examples of what a student might take during their time at Doane.

Academic Department Overview