Welcome to the Upper School

The high school years are a period of significant growth — both academically and personally. The Bass Upper School excels at providing important growth opportunities by having clear, high, and achievable expectations appropriate for each individual. This includes significant support for these young adults in reaching their potential. 

Our administrators and faculty work to ensure that all students feel welcome and are valued for their contributions, while also providing a safe space where they can share their talents and learn from one another while having fun. We are committed to the vital work in the area of community engagement and inclusion

The School is confident in its ability to provide a rigorous and engaging educational experience, with our 3A’s curriculum (academics, arts, athletics) and intentional auxiliary programs. Many alumni return and share that they were well-prepared to enter college and their careers as thoughtful, responsible, hard-working leaders. 

As we continue long-standing traditions, we also recognize areas for growth, academically and otherwise, charting that path together.

Upper School is a pivotal time for students as they prepare for the challenges of college and beyond. During these years, leaders are born, career paths become clear and students develop a grander vision for their future.
Upper School Program distinctions include:

List of 12 items.

  • More than 100 course offerings

    More than 100 course offerings

  • Extended period schedule with four 75-minute classes daily

    Extended period schedule with four 75-minute classes daily

  • 22 Advanced Placement classes

    22 Advanced Placement classes

  • Core Values incorporated into daily life

    Core Values incorporated into daily life

  • Bring-your-own laptop program

    Bring-your-own laptop program

  • Malone Schools Online Network through Stanford University Online High School

  • Elective course in Engineering Design

    Elective course in Engineering Design

  • Full program of visual and performing arts

    Full program of visual and performing arts

  • Sophomore Washington, D.C. trip

    Sophomore Washington, D.C. trip

  • College Counseling Office, twice monthly college counseling classes for juniors and individual appointments for seniors

    College Counseling Office, twice monthly college counseling classes for juniors and individual appointments for seniors

  • Link Crew, peer mentor program TEAM Service, student-led community service group

    Link Crew, peer mentor program TEAM Service, student-led community service group

  • Full-time learning specialist and health and wellness counselor

    Full-time learning specialist and health and wellness counselor


Administrative Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Peggy Wakeland

    Peggy Wakeland 

    Upper School Division Head
    (817) 302-3235
    University of Texas at Arlington - BA
    Texas Christian University - MEd
  • Photo of Paula Weatherholt

    Paula Weatherholt 

    Upper School Assistant Division Head
    (817) 302-3222
    University of North Texas - BS- Mathematics
    Dallas Baptist University - MED - School Counseling
  • Photo of Christy Lennox

    Christy Lennox 

    Upper School Administrative Assistant, Registrar, Service Learning Director
    (817) 302-3206
  • Photo of Mel Hurst

    Mel Hurst 

    Upper School Administrative Assistant
    (817) 302-3203
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.