During the Upper School years, students are changing rapidly – physically, mentally, and emotionally – and they see their move into high school becoming a reality. Supporting these changes within a challenging academic environment helps Upper School students take on a lead role in their education. Honing communication skills, both written and oral, helps these students become self-advocates as they get ready for a more independent high school environment.
Cementing their role as an independent learner within Bethany’s upper school community is reinforced through teacher and student recognition of their achievements, gifts, and interests. A wider array of after school activities and Fine Art and Physical Education electives encourage students to explore and exercise their talents and strengths.
Students are challenged and mentored to think more deeply about content. The scope of the problem, whether in math, science, social studies, or language arts, becomes broader and requires: more steps, more precision, more research, more collaboration, and more critical thought to fully solve. Daily Spanish classes prepare Bethany students to enter high school at the Spanish II or Honors Spanish II level.
Students’ self-confidence and personal identity grow significantly during these two years. As their Bethany career draws to a close, their unity as a group becomes even stronger as they reflect on their shared experiences, unique talents and gifts, and their excitement about the step ahead. They know they are prepared because they know they are Bethany.