Upper School Academics

Our curriculum provides for breadth and depth within the academic classrooms.  In every academic discipline, we offer introductory courses leading to advanced (Advanced Placement) courses.  These courses emphasize learning course material and the development of higher order learning skills.  Our goal is to prepare students for college as well as to develop lifelong learners.  

Learning to write, to reason, to hypothesize, to apply knowledge in unfamiliar situations are all a part of the Kinkaid education. In academics, students have the opportunity to investigate areas of new interest or develop and sustain areas where they have expertise or talent.  Beyond the formal classroom setting, we provide the chance for independent study in areas of student special interest.

Student Profile for College Admission

Student Profile for College Admission

The 2016-2017 Student Profile for College Admission (pdf)

(The 2017-2018 Student Profile will be updated & posted in October 2017)

Includes information about:

  • The Advanced Placement Program
  • Student Activities
  • Required & Elective Courses
  • National Merit Scholarship Program
  • SAT & ACT mean scores for the last graduating class
  • Grade Point Averages & Grading Scales
  • College Matriculation for the last graduating class
  • Colleges & Universities that members of the latest graduating class plan to attend
  • Colleges & Universities that have offered admission to graduates of the Kinkaid School

Upper School Program of Studies 2017-2018

Upper School Program of Studies 2017-18 (pdf)

Includes information about:

  • Graduation Requirements
  • Community Service
  • Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
  • Courses:
    • English
    • History and Social Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Science 
    • World Languages
    • Computer Science
    • Fine Arts 
    • Athletics, Physical Education and Wellness

Upper School Student Handbook

Upper School Handbook 2016-17 (pdf) - updated: 8-22-16

Includes information about:

  • Campus maps with classroom numbers
  • History, Mission, Philosophy and Commitment to Character statements
  • Information on academics, graduation requirements, independent study, assemblies, and awards
  • Honor Code obligation
  • Daily Life: Support, Councils, Clubs and Publications, Student Expectations & Responsibilities
  • Arts & Athletics
  • Administration, Faculty & Staff
  • School-wide Policies
  • Daily Bell Schedule

College Counseling and Academic Advising

About Upper School Deans and College Counseling

Upper School Deans

The dean system at Kinkaid reflects the school's commitment to holistic counseling. Before entering the ninth grade, students are assigned to one of six Upper School Deans. Serving as an advocate and resource for the student, the Dean advises and counsels students in academic and social matters, including counseling toward college. 

College Counseling

Kinkaid prepares students for college with its rigorous academic program and rich extracurricular opportunities. The school aims to prepare students for the independence they will find in college.

Each student's dean serves as his/her college counselor. Deans meet individually with students and their parents during all four years in the Upper School. Students receive specific and individual guidance about college applications, admission requirements, and standardized testing.

The deans host evening educational programs about the Upper School experience and the college admissions process for parents or seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshman. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend these presentations, which include information pertinent to Upper School students: course selection, college admission, and standardized testing. All students and parents have an account on Naviance, an Internet-based comprehensive college counseling resource that we use to track student applications and analyze data about college application trends. Additionally, Naviance allows students to build a resume, manage timelines and deadlines, research college options, and communicate with deans.

Links to Frequently Used Websites

College Board


Common App

Apply Texas Application


Click here to go to Naviance.

Naviance allows you to search for colleges hat fit specific criteria, view average GPA and SAT/ACT statistics for Kinkaid students who have been accepted to the colleges, and track all application materials mailed to colleges by the Deans' Office. Parents and students have their own password hat gives them access to these tools and the student's information on Naviance. If you have any questions about Naviance, your dean can help you.

The Dean Program Road Map (for grades 9-12)


Primary Objectives for Deans:

• Help students make a successful academic and social transition to the Upper School.

• Help students make a connection with various members of the community.

• Encourage students to discover their strengths, interests, and passions and create the foundation for a record of long-term commitment and accomplishments outside the classroom.

• Emphasize the importance of a record of academic achievement and initiative.

• Provide introduction to standardized testing.

• Educate students and parents about what colleges seek in applicants.

• Introduce students and parents to the Upper School's rules and procedures as well as to the Dean Program. 

• Educate parents on what to expect with student(s) in high school (e.g., social activities, driving, Facebook, no uniforms.)

Actions, Responsibilities and Tasks 

For students: 

• Get to know your Dean.

• Attend Freshman Orientation.

• Develop a relationship with your peer Mentors.

• Familiarize yourself with the student handbook and the Honor Code.

• Take PSAT for practice in October.

• Explore activities, community service and summer opportunities.

• Establish a tentative four-year service and extracurricular plan.

• Learn to balance academics and extracurricular activities.

• Register on Naviance and begin activities list.

• Get plenty of sleep.

For Parents:

• Attend fall parent program.

• Get to know your child's Dean.

• Support the program and philosophies of the Upper School.


Primary Objectives for Deans:

• Encourage students to establish a focus on activities that reflect personal interests/passions.

• Help students deal with social and academic pressures.

• Help students fain familiarity with standardized tests. 

• Inform students of the different types of colleges.

• Assist students with how to research college options in a meaningful way.

• Encourage students to keep an open mind and to explore a broad range of college options.

• Emphasize importance of a record of academic achievement and initiative (including summer activities) to maximize college options.

Actions, Responsibilities and Tasks

For Students:

• Sustain commitment to activities that reflect personal interests/passions. 

• Re-evaluate academic plan.

• Maintain a strong academic record.

• Take PLAN test in October.

• Meet with Deans to discuss different types of colleges, how to judge a quality college and the importance of keeping an open mind and researching many options in light of increasing selectivity in college admissions. 

• Meet with visiting College Admissions Deans regarding a successful and thoughtful college search.

• Update resume and Naviance activities record.

• Get plenty of sleep.

For Parents:

• Attend Sophomore Parents Program.

• Model open-mindness about many different colleges.


Primary Objectives for Deans:

• Help students learn to deal with stress, teaching them the difference between healthy stress and unhealthy stress. 

• Continue to discuss social and academic pressures.

• Encourage the importance of maintaining strong curriculum choices and junior year grades.

• Help students to begin targeting colleges based on individual needs and desires.

• Work with students and parents on scheduling and planning meaningful campus visits.

• Help students understand the complexities of how colleges evaluate and select applicants for admissions.

• Match students with teachers for letters of recommendation.

Actions, Responsibilities and Tasks

For Students:

• Maintain a strong academic record.

• Re-evaluate academic plan.

• Communicate with your Dean: the more your Dean knows, the more your Dean can help you.

• Start taking on leadership roles in the school.

• Take PSAT practice test and teach back in September.

• Take national PSAT in October.

• Meet college representatives when they visit Kinkaid during the fall.

• Schedule family and individual meetings with Deans in January.

• Attend evening college dean program in January.

• Visit college campus.

• Complete Survey on Naviance.

• Get plenty of sleep.

For Parents:

• Attend the fall program "The Next 20 Months."

• Attend individual family conferences beginning in January.

• Attend evening college dean program in January.

• Submit his/her parents narrative about your child to the Deans.


Primary Objectives for Deans:

• Prepare students for life after Kinkaid. 

• Emphasize that students' actions speak louder than words, be mindful of their leadership role in the school.

• Help students recognize the importance of maintaining strong curriculum choices and senior year grades.

• Help students refine the list of colleges to which they will apply.

• Provide guidance, feedback, and support for the successful completion of all college application essays, with great organization and time management.

• Help students and parents deal with college application stress as well as with other senior-year stresses/concerns.

Actions, Responsibilities and Tasks

For Students:

• Maintain a strong academic record.

• Communicate with your Dean: the more your Dean knows, the more your Dean can help you.

• Learn to balance academic and social pressures.

• Attend College Planning Class explaining applicant responsibilities, timelines and the Deans' office procedures and policies.

• Work with Dean and senior English teacher on college essay.

• Refine list of schools for application.

• Complete college application.

• Meet with college representatives visiting Kinkaid.

• Get plenty of sleep.

For Parents:

• Continue unconditional support and encouragement.

• Attend all senior parent meetings scheduled or requested by the Deans.

• File Free Application for Federal Assistance (FAFSA) and he College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile in a timely manner if appropriate.

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