What to Expect When Transitioning into our Upper School

By: The Admission Office


What’s it going to be like in the Upper School? How will it be different than Middle School? Will there be more work? How will I balance activities and school work? What should I do when I need help with a class? 

These are just a few of the questions the Grade 8 students had for our Upper School panel of experts, Chloe, Levi, Becky, Nemo, Seth and Annelise. Yes, it’s that time of year. Time for 8th graders to begin thinking about making the transition from Middle to Upper school. First and foremost, it doesn’t have to be stressful! Our Upper School experts had great advice to share. Here are just a few quotes from our Upper School experts that we hope will ease the minds of our 8th graders (and their parents!) as they begin the journey toward graduation: 


On the topic of Centers and what happens during that block of time…

“…It’s very student driven. You can talk to the teachers about what you want to do – what you are passionate about and explain why you want to do this. It will most likely be supported and you get to have 70 minutes a week to work on something you would not otherwise get to do because of the priorities of school work.”

About asking for help…

“You can actually enjoy talking to the teachers. It makes classes so much more enjoyable. They are supportive. Go to them for help — you can talk to them.”

“One of the best things about the Academy is we’re a small school and you can get to know your teachers.” 

Finally, students were asked to consider what they were most grateful for in their time with us. As always, our students gave heartfelt and reflective answers. We leave you with these closing thoughts:

“I’m most thankful for how valued knowledge is at this school.”

“Over the years, we’ve become family for one another. You know everyone cares about you.”