Traditions & Activities

Based on trust, freedom, and celebration

he Upper School appeals to curious students who value their academic freedom. Community is inherent in the design. The classrooms center around a courtyard, providing a focal point for meetings and activities. Two aspects that visitors notice immediately are the lack of class bells and the open lockers. Students move between classes on their own, without the regiment of bells. It is a tangible manifestation of the ownership our students take of their own educations. The open lockers evidence the trusting nature of our community.

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School opens with the Dragon Dance, an age-old tradition to celebrate the return of our students. Newer events include the crazy spirit contests of Homecoming Week (including Human Foosball!), the Holiday Feast in December, and the fundraising and spirit-raising activities with rival Northwest Christian that are part of the "Battle for the Holy Grail."  These have joined established student favorites – canoeing down the Little Spokane, performing a Broadway musical, and cheering until they are hoarse at basketball games in the school’s Errol Schmidt Athletic Center.

Seniors mark their graduations with the longest-standing tradition at the school. For 60 years, graduates have crossed the Graduation Bridge, marking the transition from Saint George’s to college.

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Upper School Traditions

  • See Spirit Week Photos & Videos

    SGS students showed off their spirit during Spirit Week activities Oct. 10-13. See photo galleries of Upper School students Dressed as Twins (or triplets!) and Playing Human Foosball in the school courtyard. In the Middle School, you can view videos of their game of Hungry Hungry Hippos and the MS faculty rocking out to Total Eclipse of the Heart for the lip sync competition.

  • See Seniors Go Wild in the Woods

    There were a lot of strange creatures spotted in the woods on Photo Day last week! The seniors always get creative for their yearbook photos; see a Photo Gallery of them in their wild outfits.

  • Images of 12th Grade on the Ropes Course

    The Class of 2017 spent an afternoon on the ropes course at Camp Reed to practice teamwork and build mutual trust. And to have some amazing aerial adventures at the start of their senior year! See a Photo Gallery of all the ways they tested their abilities.

  • See 9th Grade Packing Up & Camping Out Last Week

    Saint George's new 9th graders began fall classes last week by loading up their backpacks onto busses to head for a three-day camping and canoeing trip to Upper Priest Lake. See photos of them Loading onto Busses and of them Canoeing & Hiking along Priest Lake. It was a great way for the class to bond together and explore a beautiful part of the Northwest!