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Educational excellence powered by community.
On any given day in the Upper School, you will see engaged ninth through twelfth-grade students partnering with teachers in rigorous academic study, reaching beyond themselves to explore new opportunities and challenges, and developing the understanding, empathy, skills, and passions to be the leaders we need - not just in some distant future - but right now. 
There is no such thing as a "typical" ICS student or a "typical" ICS day. And yet, there are some essential pieces to our ICS Upper School community that you will quickly discover: 
  1. ICS students and teachers are partners in learning.Our outstanding educational program is built on strong relationships. In our school, challenge and nurture go hand-in-hand. 
  1. At ICS, students belong and are loved for who they are.Students bring their full, authentic, passionate, expressive, and unique selves to school, and a strong feeling of belonging becomes the foundation of their school experience. 
  1. The ICS community is deeply and actively committed to kindness, inclusion, courage, diversity, and honesty. 
  1. At ICS,community enthusiasm is strong. ICS Eagles love and cherish our school and we have some serious spirit and tradition. 
  1. ICS teachers know their students. They are experts in both the content they teach and how to teach it. ICS teachers are committed to providing a positive school experience for their students and to being leaders in education innovation. 
Eliza McLaren, Ed.M
Upper School Principal
Associate Head of School
Upper School is a time of significant transition and growth. Students learn independence, responsibility, and self-management, they explore and discover areas of interest and passion, they try new things (sometimes with success, and other times with failure, and both have their place!), and they develop the personal and academic skills they need to navigate college and life with confidence. Students enter Upper School as older children and, at their own pace over the course of four years, find their way to walking across the graduation stage as young adults – the transition is remarkable. 
During their time in the ICS Upper School, students discover and refine their learning interests and skills while building an excellent and broad academic foundation. In the ninth grade, students engage with complex, interdisciplinary learning through intersecting history, science, and English curricula. From there, students have flexibility and choice within a wide variety of academic paths that allow them to amass the foundation and credits for a highly competitive college admission process. By design, students at ICS do not have to choose between their passions: they can be artists, athletes, scholars, and leaders.
Indian Creek school is a co-educational, college preparatory independent school, located in Crownsville, Maryland.  Students in Pre-K3 through grade 12 receive a vibrant educational experience based on excellent academics steeped in strong student-teacher connections.