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Upper School Program

Grades Five - Eight

Rachel has thrived both academically and socially at THA. The small class size gives her a greater opportunity to express her opinions in class, and she does so with great confidence. The teachers are extremely caring and supportive, and are able to give each student the attention that they need. When Rachel has difficulty with a concept, they notice it, and work with her until she gets it. I know that she is in good hands at THA.

Through an ACADEMICALLY RIGOROUS PROGRAM, students in grades five through eight learn to master the skills that serve them in high school and beyond. They learn comprehensively. A four-year sequence covers Western Civilization from ancient Sumeria, Israel, Egypt, Greece and Rome to modern times. A school-wide expository-writing sequence builds critical research and writing skills that enable students to organize and present coherent, articulate essays and research papers.

Blended throughout the curriculum are studies in music, art, drama and creative writing as well as Judaic studies. Students acquire a mastery of modern Hebrew language and history. For example, when studying ancient Egyptian civilization in social studies, students paint hieroglyphics in art class and learn ancient Hebrew songs in Judaic studies to create a deeper understanding of historical contexts.

The Middle School curriculum encourages students to appreciate the classical arts, providing them with a variety of field trips rich with cultural content. Children also learn to appreciate the beauty of Shakespeare's language and poetry. A four-year Shakespearen sequence exposes students to Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice and Othello.

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY is an essential component of our philosphy. LEADERSHIP opportunities are encouraged through the Student Council. Extracurricular activies are also an integral part of the Academy's total learning experience. Students participate in the publication of a school newspaper and yearbook, theatrical productions, as well as interscholastic and intramural athletics.

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