The goal of the Upper School is to bring together all the different qualities of an Allen-Stevenson education in order to prepare the boys for the next steps in their education. An Upper School of the Seventh Grade through Ninth Grade offers a unique environment in which boys can develop leadership skills by serving as models for all of the younger boys. In particular, we find that Ninth Graders are well served by being in the top grade of their school, rather than as freshmen in a high school.
In the classrooms, our boys engage in hands-on physics experiments, integrated use of laptop computers throughout the disciplines, expository and creative writing, and an approach to learning which provides a deep understanding of the topic covered. The culminating project for the Ninth Grade “senior” class requires the students to demonstrate academic insight and artistic creativity, along with an oral presentation of their work.
In conjunction with this vigorous program, as well as topflight athletic options, the boys have the flexibility to continue to participate in many activities such as art, music, drama, and journalism. It is not unusual for a boy to be on an athletic team, sing in the chorus, act in a play, and work on the yearbook all at the same time.
We hope our boys leave Allen-Stevenson as independent learners and thinkers who have pursued and developed a range of interests and passions. They move on to their high school ready to accept the academic challenges that face them and be major contributors to the extracurricular life of their new community.
The wonder of our boys lies in their desire to grow and learn and to take advantage of all their opportunities without feeling that there is only one way to be successful. We believe that there are many ways to be a boy, and we take pride in knowing that ongoing schools recognize Allen-Stevenson boys for their varied interests and accomplishments.