Upper School


Student choice, challenge, flexibility, growth, and balance define life in Upper School. Guided by our extraordinary educators, Upper School students are inspired to pursue their dreams. Our best-for-girls curriculum empowers every student to discover her unique potential as a learner and leader. We believe exceptional learning experiences begin with a powerful relationship between student and teacher. Our dedicated faculty are not only experts in their subject areas, they know how to connect with teenagers. At CSG, every girl is known, loved, and supported by her teachers, coaches, counselors, and classmates. We bring out the best in girls, we’re passionate about learning and teaching, and we have fun!  

My wife, Virginia, and I joined the CSG family in July 2020. Born and raised near Syracuse, New York, I attended Lafayette College before earning a Masters and Ph.D. in English from Temple University. I have 15 years of university and independent school teaching and administrative experience, and I am a teacher at heart. Called to serve kids, families, and faculty, I believe in the life-changing power and wonder of school. Helping students build relationships and positively transform their lives are my ultimate goals as an educator. 

Our mission is part of what makes our school so special. We empower girls to discover their distinct potential as learners and leaders. All good things in my life trace back to my mother, a woman who knew her power, refused the low professional expectations others held for her, and transformed herself into a successful business owner. As Upper School Director, I am devoted to nurturing our students’ strength, confidence, and grace.

Stroll our hallways, visit our playing fields and arts spaces, or strike up a conversation with a CSG student, teacher, or parent and you’ll notice the power of our community. When my wife and I arrived on campus in December, the collective spirit, kindness, and dedication of CSG students, faculty, staff, and parents amazed and energized us. By the end of our visit, we knew we had come home. This year, I look forward to being with people and building relationships.

Every day, I’m inspired by our students’ courageous pursuit of excellence. As a community and as individuals, we try our hardest to be our best, striving to improve every day. We bring our whole hearts and everything we have to our work because our girls deserve nothing less.

Our program is on the rise. We invite you to contact us or visit campus to learn more about the remarkable things happening at Columbus School for Girls. 

Kellen Graham

Director of Upper School