SSL Certificate

Upper School

The Upper School curriculum is focused on active learning in an atmosphere of respect for knowledge and emphasis on guided inquiry. In all disciplines, students are encouraged to learn content in the context of big picture trends, theories and criticisms. Students and teachers work as partners in the educational process. There is considerable flexibility in the schedules of most juniors and seniors. Elective options encourage students to begin to take classes reflecting their individual interests rather than requirements. Distinctive programs include:

  • Concurrent Enrollment at the University of the South: Each semester, a number of qualified juniors and seniors enroll in classes for credit at the University of the South. In recent semesters, SAS students were enrolled in introductory and advanced calculus courses, politics, history, geology, sculpture, economics, poetry, and upper-division Spanish literature courses. These courses are provided at no additional cost to the student.
  • English 11/12 Options: In the junior and senior years, students choose from a variety of English course options.
  • Our Stance on Advanced Placement and Honors: The SAS educational philosophy values interactive learning, depth over breadth, and cooperative work in an environment of diversity For those reasons, while we offer advanced courses in many subjects, we do not offer AP or honors courses. However, the level of challenge in our standard curriculum is such that a number of students choose to take AP exams each spring, most commonly in calculus and English literature. In 2018, students took AP exams in eight subjects.
  • Grade-Level Program: In addition to regular courses, each grade level participates in two retreat days a year to enhance friendships, provide out of class experiences, and build class cohesion. The themes and activities are a reflection both of the students' shared course work that year and of expanding rings of self-understanding as they discover their place in the world.


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