Upper School Student Life
At Keith, high school student life offers a wide range of opportunities in and out of the classroom. While academics are of the utmost importance, we also want our students to have the freedom to further develop their given abilities, discover hidden talents and stretch their personal growth.
Participating in a sport you never thought you would play, stepping into the stage spotlight, debating a difficult international topic during a Model UN weekend, sitting at a pottery wheel or becoming an environmental activist are just some of the wide array of clubs, activities, and opportunities available to our students outside of the classroom.
We offer more than 30 clubs, sports and activities for Upper School students, many of which involve volunteering at non-profit organizations. Our graduating classes of 20-35 students dedicate on average between 3,5000-4,500 hours of service each year including, giving back to the community by lending a hand with lower school student programs, raising money for cancer research, helping feed the homeless, and many other needy populations in the Rockford region, the state of Illinois and beyond.
After-School Study Hall
Our Middle and Upper School students have the opportunity to participate in study hall after school until 5:30 p.m. All students are supervised by a faculty proctor who is available for homework help. Students can also use the time to connect directly with their teachers if they need extra help.
Each student from 5th – 12th grade is assigned an advisor who meets with the advisory group each morning during the homeroom time slot and with individual students and their families as the need arises. The advisor acts as a home-to-school liaison to review grades, plan the academic program and encourage co-curricular involvement and leadership.
At Keith, we understand that a traditional five-day, six- or seven-period schedule limits students’ educational opportunities. It is for that reason that many years ago, our school established a unique, rotating schedule to support new and existing programming and provide choices for coursework. Students are presented courses on rotating days and times and have the opportunity to take more electives in their areas of interest. The system has proven successful in helping students and faculty to be at their best while promoting time management skills.
8 Semesters (in one language)
“The Limits of my Language are the Limits of my World,” reads a poster in one of the foreign language rooms at Keith. This quote serves as an underlying creed of the foreign language department. Keith’s Upper School offers Spanish, Latin, Greek, and French. Using the newest technologies and traditional teaching methods, the department’s goals are to help students build their vocabularies, develop reading and writing skills, enhance their ability to speak accurately and to pronounce confidently, to become familiar with the history and culture of other places and times, to develop insights into the English language and to experience a variety of literary genres.
For graduation, Keith students are required to take four years of high school level courses of the same foreign language. However, many students take on multiple languages, some even selecting high school level courses starting in Middle School.
Student Interest Clubs
Clubs and activities vary from year to year depending upon our students’ interests. Click on the links below to gain insight on some of the examples of current and past clubs and activities.