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The Upper School, comprised of grades 7 and 8, emphasizes a program dedicated to academic excellence. An environment that is both academically stimulating and challenging is provided, thus giving the child an appreciation for intellectual endeavors. Realizing that each child can best achieve his or her potential within an academic program attuned to his or her individual needs, small classes and flexible scheduling are offered. Within this academic setting, we also strive to foster a sense of self-discipline in regard to study and work habits. Character development is encouraged, such that each child will acquire a positive self-image and the ability to work well with others in a diverse community of people.
Instructional groups for seventh and eighth graders are no larger than fifteen students. In preparation for
high school, students change classes for every subject in their eight-period day. Language arts stresses the mastery of comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, listening, and an added emphasis on writing. In mathematics, students take pre-algebra at the seventh grade level and algebra in eighth grade. Laboratory experience in science is offered through a life science program in seventh grade and through Introductory Physical Science in eighth grade. Upper School social studies includes world geography and American History. Academic Spanish is offered at this level. For one period per day, the seventh and eighth grade students are offered 'Quest' time. In these five 45 minute periods, students can choose from subjects such as bridge, yoga, Thai studies, drawing, survival skills, guitar, decorative painting, and many more offerings.
The mission of Bethany's Upper School is to promote individual growth and readiness for high school. We are encouraged by these testimonials by administrators from area high schools:
"We LOVE Bethany students! They are well prepared and have a wonderful
- Summit Country Day School
"All of our Bethany students perform well in the classroom, have an excellent work ethic, and find themselves in the top 5% of their class."
- Gerry Myers, Roger Bacon High School
"Bethany graduates make strong contributions to all areas of our school both in and out of the classroom."
- Brother Ron, Moeller High School
"The young women who come from Bethany are well prepared in every way. They not only excel academically, but they share their talents and gifts with us, enriching St. Ursula Academy."
- Frances R. Romweber, St. Ursula Academy
"Bethany School consistently sends us young women who are well prepared academically, grounded in Gospel values and already acquainted with the importance of service to others."
- Sharon Redmond, Ursuline Academy
"Bethany students enter St. Xavier with a very strong foundation academically, spiritually and socially. They are great contributors to the St. Xavier community."
- Roderick Hinton, St. Xavier High School
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555 Albion Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45246-4649 Phone: (513) 771-7462
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