Dwight-Englewood School is now in its fifth year of participation with the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives (CSBGL). This year, there are twelve students enrolled in the Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) class where Upper School students are instructed in qualitative research techniques to design a project focused on upper school life; exploring data to study; and make conclusions as to how we can best create a better upper school environment. The project spans across both semesters of the school year, and the student researchers prepare a final presentation in the spring for CSBGL participants from other schools as well as the D-E Upper School community. Exposure to the research techniques is a wonderful opportunity, and the participating students and our school community gain insight, possible changes and a better school environment from the project each year. Past projects have included an identity study, gender & student leadership, and student success. The recommendations of these studies continue to be refined for feasibility and implementation.