Upper School

Academic Research Program


The Upper School is built around a four-year Academic Research Program in which 9th- and 10th-graders master the foundations needed to become critical thinkers and valued contributors. In the first two years, students follow a core curriculum while building research skills, learning to ask provocative questions and gaining proficiency in the most up-to-date research practices.

In the 11th- and 12th-grade, students attain the skills necessary for developing and making substantive and complex research inquiries. This learning culminates with the Academic Research Project, inspired by each student’s own curiosity.

For their Academic Research Projects, students think about their own passions and interests, then pose and answer a relevant academic question. The project expands beyond the boundaries of the school – some students work with mentors at area universities, health systems and other organizations as well as conduct scholarly research online and off site.

The project culminates with a Celebration of Research, the ARP’s signature event during which students present their findings through a series of engaging presentations and other discourses.

Discover the Academic Research Project

"From my ARP, I learned how to navigate various databases and do research. In college, I had to do a literature review about the relationship between literature and math. I feel like I did research for the past year and a half at Liggett so this was all second nature to me. Having the ARP in my background, gave me confidence early on in my college career."


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