Challenging girls to become women of 
intellect, character, innovation, action, and faith

Upper School

A combination of rigorous academics, spiritual growth, community service, competitive athletics, and an extensive program in both visual and performing arts inspires students to achieve their best. At NCDS, young women of all faiths identify and cultivate their own talents as they prepare to live their lives with courage and confidence.


The Advisory Program provides further opportunities for Upper School girls to grow in self-understanding in light of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools. The program provides a structure for one-on-one meetings between a student and a faculty advisor as well as small group advisory meetings.

The advisor fosters courage and confidence, nurtures, advocates, guides, and facilitates communication between the student, other teachers, other educators, and parents. Girls develop a connection within their advisory group, build academic and interpersonal skills, and come to a greater understanding of their gifts and limitations.

Sacred Heart Network Exchange

Newton Country Day belongs to a national and international network of schools. The Network of Sacred Heart Schools includes 24 schools across North America and 41 countries throughout the world. Learn more about the Sacred Heart Network.

This network allows students to participate in a variety of programs. Newton Country Day students have the opportunity to engage in a six-week reciprocal exchange. In recent years, students from countries including Australia, Austria, Chile, England, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, South Korea, and Taiwan have shared an exchange with our girls.


Semi-formal takes place in December. Girls in the Upper School attend and may invite a guest from another school. The event is festive and provides girls with the opportunity to socialize and introduce their guests to each other.

Junior/Senior Prom

Sponsored by the junior class, the prom is held in the spring. The junior class works together to choose a theme and a location for the prom. The evening includes dinner and dancing.

IMPACT Program

IMPACT is a nationally-acclaimed self-defense and empowerment course for women. The course is offered to seniors over seven weeks as part of their weekly Senior Group meetings. The students practice verbal and physical boundary setting skills through role plays and through interaction with a 'mugger' who alternates between playing the role of mugger and coaching students on how to behave self-defensively.

Eucharistic Ministry

The Eucharistic Ministry program provides an opportunity for interested juniors and seniors to serve the school community by demonstrating their private devotion and faith in a public way. Students must apply to the program, through which they are trained in the offering of the Eucharist and come together periodically for discussions about faith and the meaning of this sacrament.