Grade-Level Programming

Grade-level programming uses co-curricular activities on and off campus to help build community and cohesion among members of each grade. Each grade has a yearlong theme that is tied to the students developmental stage and loosely connected to the shared curriculum of that year.



6th grade - Building Community

Curricular Connections:
Ancient civilizations and the Middle Ages (Humanities)
"Civilizations" focus (Adventure Education)
Weather and astronomy (Science)
Place-based art and “campus as studio" (Art)

7th grade - Strengthening Community

Curricular Connections:
US History from pre-colonization through the early 1800's (Humanities)
Local Geology and Prehistory of the Cumberland Plateau; Ecology of the Cumberland Plateau; end of year culminates in small group, student-designed nature studies (Science)
Relationships between art, design, and everyday (Art)
Maps, mapmaking, topography

8th grade - Deepening Relationships and Exploring Leadership

Curricular Connections:
US History from the Civil War to the present (Humanities)
Architecture, structure, and installation/how individuals interact with the space around them (Art)
Capstone experience of researching, designing, conducting, analyzing, and presenting an independent experiment or scientific study (Science)

9th Grade - Who am I?

Building on the Life Issues curriculum and the desire to orient students to this place, 9th grade will be an exploration of self and of the locale in which the students find themselves.

10th Grade - Where am I?

Building on the World History II and English 10 curriculum and capitalizing on the international nature of our student body, 10th grade will be an exploration of how students relate to the world on a global scale.

11th Grade - Where am I from?

Building on the American History curriculum, but with recognition that this will not be the story of all our students, 11th grade explores the events that have brought students to this place in time. They will also be encouraged to begin to think of themselves as school leaders and to explore opportunities to express that leadership.

12th Grade - Where am I headed?

Building on the Religion course and with recognition that our responsibility in this year is to prepare our students to leave our campus, 12th grade seeks to give students a strong sense of who they are, the possibilities available to them, and the skills they may need to navigate in the world beyond our campus.


One memorable experience at SAS is when the freshman class canoed down the Elk River and started our bond that carried throughout our senior year. ~ Ashley Barry '14, Berry College '18
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