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Welcome to Upper School

9th through 12th grades

Fayetteville Academy’s college preparatory Upper School offers a comprehensive academic and extracurricular program. With numerous opportunities in academics, athletics, fine arts, clubs, and other extracurricular activities, each student finds a place to belong.  As a student makes choices in these spheres, they are given the opportunity to develop their leadership potential in an individualized environment among students with similar interests.

Classes are typically structured through a liberal arts lens with students grouped according to interest and appropriately challenging courses.  Providing a vigorous and dynamic curriculum with supportive instructors creates a school of readers, writers, thinkers, and artists. We feel that a holistic approach that includes social development is important to the intellectual development of our students, and place an emphasis on our Honor Code and service to the community to help create the leaders of tomorrow. 

Upper School students traditionally achieve among the highest SAT scores of any public or private high school in the area, and 100 percent of our seniors are accepted to post-secondary institutions throughout the country. Beginning in the ninth grade, our college counselor is actively involved in guiding each student on an individual journey to find the college or university where they can continue to enjoy success while preparing for a fulfilling and productive adult life.


UNC- Pembroke Partnership

Starting in the 2023-2024 school year, we entered into a joint enrollment partnership with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). Upper School students are now able to take three UNCP semester courses on our campus (a two-semester US History course sequence for juniors and a one semester course in English for seniors). These courses allow students to earn up to nine college credits and the partnership has already led to collaboration between FA students and faculty with UNCP professors. 

Seniors are eligible to take a two-semester online course sequence through FTCC to receive additional college credit.



The Ryan Patrick Kishbaugh Center for Writing and Creative Learning

The primary focus of the Writing Center is to encourage students to reach out and gain feedback for their writing-based needs, whether it be the writing process, assigned essays, or the AP rubric. Writing interns gain experience by providing input and advising other students in order to foster a new generation of skilled writers.

Writing Interns are the heart of the Writing Center. They are juniors and seniors invited to participate through recommendation from faculty members. An Intern is an excellent writer and tutor. Aside from polishing their own skills, Interns acquire valuable experience that they take with them to college and beyond.

The Ryan Patrick Kishbaugh Center for Writing and Creative Learning is named in honor of Ryan Kishbaugh, a remarkable young man who graduated from the Academy in 2002, planned to attend Princeton University, and whose creed about living his own life was "to stand up and be heard."

Ryan died in 2003 due to complications from cancer; he lives on today in endless ways. The Writing Center was, in part, his personal dream and concept.


It is my philosophy that students should be invited to try new things, to break out of their shells and see just what they are capable of. With much encouragement and a push to let my students learn by doing, I have found that students are capable of so much more than they realize when they first walk into my class. It is my hope and goal to leave my students at the end of the year with a new found enthusiasm for art and abilities they never knew they had.  Ms. Williams, Fine Arts Teacher


I have loved my time at FA because of all the opportunities it has given me. I have been able to play on three varsity teams, join several clubs, learn how to be a leader in SGA, and I’ve received an excellent education that I feel has prepared me well for college.  Sarah B., Class of 2024


Preparing our students for college and beyond in an environment that allows them to also thrive in the here and now is our primary mission.   Dr. Guidi, Director of Upper School


I enjoy being at FA because it has a great learning environment for all kinds of students. It also has sports that everyone can participate in as well as other activities. It facilitates the growth of great men and women, preparing them for life beyond school.  Paige S., Class of 2025

I have really enjoyed being able to participate in a sport each season and have my teachers help to keep me updated, and work around my schedule.  Garek D., Class of 2024



A normal course load in our seven period day consists of five core academic courses, an elective and a study hall. A few students opt for six core academic courses while some carry two electives. Most courses have prerequisites or require department and divisional approval. Online courses need the approval of the Upper School Director and the respective department chair. They are granted school credit, but are not factored into a student’s GPA.

KEY: (H): Honors level available (AP): Advanced Placement   

We offer 14 different AP course options. Classes designated as honors are designed to be more academically challenging than their counterpart. 


middle/upper COURSE CATALOG

AP Biology

Prerequisite: 90+ in Biology, Chemistry, and English or 85+ in Biology (H), Chemistry (H), and English (H or AP)

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Graduation Requirements

All students are required to take five academic courses each year in grades 9-12 to earn the following units:

Total 22 Units

Seniors take courses in English, math, science and history. They are also eligible to take two online courses through FTCC to receive additional college credit as well. A world language course may also serve as the fifth academic course, and seniors complete their schedule through electives. Exceptions or other substitutions require administrative approval. Students may choose to exceed the below minimum graduation requirements by ‘doubling up’ in a core academic discipline, though they are required to complete four consecutive years of English, history, math, and science.


Student Life


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Eagle Life

College Counseling


Our top-notch college counseling program is second to none.


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Sports Medicine


The Sports Medicine program offers unique opportunities for our students!





Our HLT SmartLab is our flagship STEAM lab for grades 6 - 12