Upper School


Our upper school program is a project based, experiential learning model with an entrepreneurial emphasis designed for students ages twelve to eighteen. Small agribusiness, online technology and personal development courses complement STEM, humanities and fine arts classes. Nature field trips, work on the school farm, overnight trips and weekend activities are integrated learning components of the program.

Classes begin at 8:30 am and end at 3:30 pm. Friday is an early dismissal with school ending at 11:45.



A full-time schedule includes a minimum of 6.0 credits of course study per year. Upper school students and their parents meet with a school mentor to create a class schedule tailored to the student's individual needs, interests and goals.

The three prongs of the upper school program are:
• Humanities—Fine Arts, Social Studies and Culture, English Language Arts, Second Languages
• STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
• Practical Life—Health and Physical Fitness, Service Learning, Career Exploration and Work Study

Every year (seventh grade through twelfth), students take a Humanities block, including 1.0 credits of English language arts and social studies. Students may be awarded additional credits depending upon the electives chosen and/or projects completed.

Every year (seventh grade through twelfth), students take a STEM block, including 1.0 credits of Mathematics and technology and 1.0 credits of science and engineering. Students may be awarded additional credits depending upon the electives chosen and/or projects completed.

Every year (seventh through twelfth), students take a Practical Life Skills block which includes 0.5 credits of Health and Physical Fitness and 0.5 credits of Career Exploration and Work Study. Students may be awarded additional credits depending upon the electives and/or projects completed.

2017-2018 Upper School Course List

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