Upper School

6th - 8th Grades Make Up Our Upper School

Project-based learning drives the education of our students at this level. Students are deep into creating and refining projects that have real-life applications. In the Upper School, they learn to take ownership of their own learning and are held accountable for their progress.  Upper School students are able to access the student management system, Jupiter Ed, to see their assignments, grades and communicate with their teachers directly.

What is SUMMIT?
Summit is an individualized learning experience.  Students are empowered to become self-directed learners—they set goals for their learning, reflect on their progress and build habits and mindsets to help them succeed in college, career and life with mentorship from their teachers.  (https://www.summitlearning.org/)

How it works:

70% Project/class room work
30% Power focus areas using online text books and quizzes.

Students take every class 3 times a week which totals to 4 hours a week per class.  Fridays they meet with all of their classes to be able to ask questions and get additional support.

Students in the Upper School also begin taking electives. They get to choose from a slate of courses that might be of interest to them, in addition to their academic courses. Students in the Upper School are eligible to qualify for the Duke TIP program and, based on their MAP scores, can take the PSAT. In short, they are beginning to chart their course for life after The SAE School.

Our Upper School students are the leaders in our school. They represent the student body in various capacities around the school and represent our school throughout the community. We look to these students to be leaders for the other students and to set a positive example for them.