Upper School Curriculum Overview
Transition from Lower School
Each Upper School student is assigned a teacher advisor, to whom he or she reports every morning and afternoon. The advisor acts as an advocate for each student and serves as a conduit for home-school communication. In addition, the advisor works with the school administration to monitor the academic progress of each student in all subject areas. Advisor groups meet regularly to plan group activities including service projects.
Students experience a departmentalized academic program and move from classroom to classroom. Students are expected to maintain lockers and pass between classes with all necessary materials. Teachers of each subject area offer instruction that meets the needs of all students and challenges each to achieve his or her highest potential.
Grade 5 and 6 students spend two days and one night attending an outdoor educational experience led by Bar T. The goal of this trip is to foster a sense of teamwork and build confidence in the students.
Students in Grade 7 go on a three day trip to the Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown Victory Center. The trip is a wonderful opportunity to enhance their study of Colonial America and the Revolutionary War in social studies.
Grade 8 students go on a four day trip to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, National Civil War Medicine Museum (Frederick, MD), Antietam National Battlefield Park, and Gettysburg National Battlefield Park. The trip is a wonderful opportunity to enhance their study of the Civil War in social studies.
Transition to High School
The Upper School academic program prepares all students for the intellectual and social challenges at public, independent, and Catholic high schools.
The Head of School and the High School Placement Coordinator meet with each family to provide support through the high school admission process. Learn more about this process by visiting the High School Placement page.