Post Graduate Studies

The Postgraduate Year

An intensive year of growth in motivation, academic aptitude and disciplined study skills.

The Postgraduate Program at The Phelps School is designed for high school graduates who would benefit from an extra year of personal and academic development before entering college. These are capable students who recognize the need to improve their academic aptitude, study skills and SAT scores in order to enter the college of their choice and succeed.


The main two focuses of this academic program are an English course and a Mathematics course, each specifically designed for Postgraduates. Both the Math and English classes are double periods. They are supplemented by two upper-level electives that complete the daily class schedule.

British Literature is a literature-based course designed to give Postgraduates the challenge of a college level literature course. Readings include Beowulf, Othello, Frankenstein and 1984. The course is designed to engage students as they prepare to enter college.

Postgraduate Mathematics is specifically aimed at enhancing higher level Math skills and improving performance on the SAT. This course begins with a review of many of the basic skills and concepts of Algebra 1, then the focus shifts to the study of Algebra 2. During the second semester Pre-calculus is studied. Problem solving is emphasized as students study, apply, solve and create functions including: linear, quadratic, logarithmic, exponential and rational. Concepts in Trigonometry, probabilities and sequences are emphasized.
We also offer many elective classes to enhance the students’ abilities in all areas of study, while peeking their interest in anything they may be interested in.

SAT Preparation

Improvements of 100 points on the SAT are typical for students enrolled in the Postgraduate program and increases of 200 to 250 points are common. Maximizing a Postgraduate’s SAT score is a key element of the program.

The curriculum stresses the content areas critical to success in taking the SAT.

College Counseling

The Phelps School’s mission for the Post-Graduate students is to find a college or university where he will be academically challenged, personally enriched and socially involved. To that end, each Postgraduate student receives immediate and continuous counseling on college admissions. The placement office meets weekly with students and makes every effort to help each one get accepted into the school he is most qualified for and interested in attending. Students, parents and the counselor work together to consider all factors and find the best possible college or university for each student.

Residential Life

Postgraduates are fully integrated into The Phelps School’s residential program. In addition to sharing a dormitory with upperclassmen, these students follow the same daily schedule as the rest of the school, attending optional extra help in the afternoons, followed by sports and activities, and evening study hall at night. While some focus solely on basketball, others choose to participate in three different sports. All are encouraged to get involved in school activities and serve as leaders to underclassmen to diversify their profiles for college applications.

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