The academic year is divided into semesters, and grade reports or comments are sent to parents eight times a year. The grading scale is 0-100.
The SAS Upper School uses a combined 45-minute/90-minute schedule format which is designed to facilitate a hands-on learning environment. Upper School classes meet three times weekly (two 90-minute periods and one 45-minute period). Science classes are built around laboratory and field experiences that are easily integrated with instruction in the longer class periods.
Students whose grades require it must attend required work period in the Learning Resources Center during the day. Residential students have required evening study hours and may be required to attend Supervised Study Hall. Students often meet with teachers by appointment or at the teacher's request during work periods during the day, or during evenings or weekends.