Special Opportunities

Service to the Princeton Day School community is one of the recognized areas of concentration for Upper School students.

Students participating in the Teacher Assistance Program may work with lower or middle school classes under the direction of a lead teacher who facilitates the student’s interaction with the younger children.

TAP participants provide one-on-one help, aid classroom activities, even teach the full class.

Both younger and older students gain valuable experience and knowledge while forming special bonds that strengthen our community of learners.

Upper School Student Helping Lower School Student sitting on the Floor

TAP Program

Princeton Day School affords Upper school students a variety of opportunities to spend extended periods of time off campus in international and domestic academic programs.These programs are primarily designed for high school juniors.Students apply during the spring of their sophomore year.

Programs may be trimester, semester, or full-year duration. While students may have to adjust their schedules and curriculum choices to participate in these opportunities, all programs are intellectually rigorous, with academic standards and expectations similar to our own. We have found that colleges generally look favorably on students willing to pursue such academic adventures.

At Princeton Day School, we know fostering independence is integral to all learning. So for the last six weeks of each academic year, our seniors explore independence through opportunities off campus or through one-on-one projects at school.

These opportunities may involve investigating career possibilities, community service, or focused pursuit of a particular interest, talent, or lifelong dream. The sky is the limit -- as long as the project has intellectual, artistic or educational value and passes muster with the school Senior Project Committee.

In early winter, students research, design, and propose a project; find a sponsor, and establish goals they hope to achieve. Throughout the project, the Committee, faculty advisor, and the project supervisor support the student’s efforts. All students submit a detailed journal and a written report.

At the end of the six weeks, all seniors present their projects to a panel of teachers and classmates; some also participate in a Senior Art Show or Senior Performance Evening.

Senior Project

I picked my project because I wanted to learn something practical, stop studying out of books, use my hands, and understand by watching and doing... I wanted to surprise people, prove to myself and others like me that a private school, environmentalist, honor roll girl could be interested, and good at car mechanics
a member of the class of 2006
Senior Project Art Show

Lessons for LifeRopes Course

For more than 25 years, the Princeton Day School Peer Leadership program has been helping students deal with issues facing adolescents.

You can almost pick out a former peer leader when you see people in action. These are transferable skills.

Dr. Whitney Ross '84


A winning combination of dedicated faculty and carefully selected seniors team up to teach, mentor and guide ninth graders into Upper School. The result is a strong sense of community that endures long after commencement.

Eighteen seniors are trained by faculty supervisors in group dynamics and leadership techniques. Senior training begins before school opens with a three-day retreat. Freshmen attend an all-day retreat off campus soon after classes start to acquaint them with each other and with program objectives. Throughout the academic year, peer leaders conduct weekly discussions with freshmen on topics such as peer pressure, academic concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, and relationships. Peer leaders also host a family get-together to discuss conflict mediation between parents and adolescents.