6th - 8th Grades
Life in the Upper Academy builds skills and knowledge as students progress through the grades, offering increasing independence and flexibility, as well as new opportunities for leadership in the classroom. It is here where the foundation for a successful secondary school career begins.
We offer an honors and advanced program in the Upper Academy, providing an intense intellectual experience for top students who strive for academic excellence and benefit from small classes taught by select faculty. Our students have the ability to be challenged and explore new knowledge as they choose from electives such as Italian, swimming, flag football, yearbook, and musical theater. This curriculum encourages a holistic education that develops confident and independent critical thinkers. STEM curriculum is incorporated into the science courses.
In addition, teachers meet individual learning levels in and outside the classroom, incorporating programs such as Florida Virtual School
and Duke TIP
to provide enrichment. Pupils in these grades may participate in Model United Nations
and the Student Government Association. In the past, the 6th and 7th graders have ventured out to Tampa Bay
for an action-packed adventure exploring Florida marine life. Students in 8th grade travel to Washington, D.C.
for four days of museums, monuments, and memorials, with the opportunity to earn high school credit.
All Upper Academy courses utilize Apple iPads and SMART Boards to fully benefit from online resources and supplemental materials provided for the classroom setting.