Our small classes give us the valuable opportunity to work together across grade-levels and across the curriculum. Teachers collaborate to do joint projects.
In our Lower School we combine grade levels for both practical and educational benefits. In our Upper School, students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 can find themselves in the same class, and students in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 can find themselves studying the same subject at the same time with the same teacher. Each individual student has grade standards to develop and is assessed on his or her own performance relating to the particular subject and grade standards.
Mixed-grade levels offer greater peer-to-peer learning and students benefit from a more collaborative, rather than a competitive, learning environment. Research has shown that students in mixed-grade level classes reach the same level of academic achievement.