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Grades 7-9


Upper School students learn Latin using Hans Ørberg’s acclaimed text, Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata, which allows students to begin reading and speaking Latin from the first day of class. As the readings grow more complex, lessons in Latin grammar help the students understand the meaning of the text and master the linguistic constructions specific to Latin.

In addition to class work, students participate in the monthly Declamationes, a school-wide assembly. Here students recite memorized works, perform skits, and share class achievements—sometimes in Latin. Our Schola also performs many works in Latin, including Gregorian chant and sacred and secular polyphony.


Greek studies are added after students have completed one year of high-school level Latin study, typically by 9th grade. Students begin by learning the Greek alphabet and move on to the basics of grammar and vocabulary through daily spoken and written language practice.

Trivium Studies: Composition

The 9th grade composition tutorial gives students ample opportunity to learn and practice the writer's craft. Careful attention is given to the principles of English grammar and to fine-tuning spelling, usage, and even penmanship. Students learn how to structure an academic essay, how to build and support an argument, and how to write with clarity and force.


The Academy stresses the importance of mathematics from the earliest years. Students in grades 7 and 8 prepare for high school mathematics with Saxon Math; geometry and algebra are offered in alternating years for 9th graders.

Junior Humanities Seminar

Our integrated Humanities Seminar lies at the heart of the Upper School curriculum. The discussion-based Seminar allows students to hone their skills in close reading, critical thinking, and speaking, all in a safe, cooperative, and intellectually stimulating environment. The Seminar brings together readings from a range of disciplines: history, literature, civics, and philosophy. Readings are drawn from great classic texts chosen especially for our students.

Natural Sciences

Upper School Juniors study selected aspects of the physical, earth, and life sciences, but with greater depth and focus than the students in the Lower School. Topics are drawn from the upper levels of Core Knowledge Sequence and are supported by hands-on experiments and observations. Topics include:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Chemical Bonds and Reactions
  • Cell Division and Genetics
  • Chemistry of Food and Respiration
  • Electomagnetic Radiation and Light

Emphasis is placed on understanding the types of questions that scientists ask and that principles that guide their work.

Fine and Performing Arts

In recognition of the role that the study and practice of the arts plays in the formation of the human person, we integrate the arts into our curriculum as a "full partner" with our academic and athletic programs. Our visual arts program integrates art history, appreciation, and practice in the tradition of the atelier, in which students learn by studying and imitating the techniques of the masters. Our music program balances theory, appreciation, and performance. All students study music theory and music history and also participate in our Schola Cantorum or choir. Our theater program brings to life works studied in Humanities and encourages excellence, teamwork, confidence, and focus. Juniors take courses in all three arts weekly, and teachers from the Arts department also participate in the Humanities Seminar.

Physical Education

Our Physical Education classes help students establish the lifelong habit of healthy physical activity while teaching sportsmanship and teamwork. Upper School students participate in fun, challenging individual and team sports in an encouraging and positive environment. Students are also encouraged to participate in our afterschool athletics program.