Grades 6, 7, and 8 focus on the transition from Lower to Upper School and from childhood to young adulthood.
After students have mastered introductory skills of the elementary years, they are ready to develop more disciplined methods of organizing their time and pursuing a variety of academic interests. Their capacity for abstract thinking grows, and the shaping of their personalities accelerates. The structure in these grades moves from a self-contained classroom experience to departmentalization. At each grade, efforts are made to accommodae individual academic needs, interests, and abilities.
Academic specialization, field trips, extra-curricular activities such as Jr. Beta, Student Council, Academic Team, sports, and end-of-the-year trips provide opportunities for leadership which help each student advance in self-awareness and self-confidence.