Upper School

Grades 5 - 8


Guided by experienced and dedicated teachers in small classes of 12 to 15 students, our Upper School students develop confidence and become independent learners who are ready to begin finding their place in the world. The Upper School builds upon the four-year pattern of the Lower School curriculum, continuing a language-focused approach and including multi-modal learning strategies such as simulations, lectures, projects, and class discussions. As in the Lower School, the curriculum links fields of study by taking history as an organizing outline. The more advanced study is developmentally appropriate and supportive of individual learning styles.

Upper School students participate in Specials classes such as art, Spanish, Physical Activity (PA), and theater. Milestones in the Upper School include the 5th Grade Greek Olympics, the medieval banquet, major musical theater productions, Head of School fitness testing, annual Science Fair, and Project Weeks at the end of the school year.

Athletic accomplishment is recognized and supported as an important part of early adolescent development. Through participation in intramural and travel soccer teams, cross-country running, hiking, and skiing, students learn to challenge themselves and to be accountable to classmates, teammates, coaches, and leaders.

Teachers tend to the development of each child’s strengths and help support them with any challenges they may face. Allowing our teachers to blend their own passions into the curriculum enriches the learning process. Ultimately Well School students begin to focus on passions, address areas of weakness, hone their creativity, develop personal responsibility and self-discipline, and embark on a journey of a lifetime of enjoyment of learning.