If you want to get confused, just ask the staff of any New York City private school to make a distinction between its grades and curricula. In most ongoing schools, Upper School is associated with high school while Middle School are the middle grades somewhere between grades 5 and 8. That’s not the case at The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine.
The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine doesn’t have a high school. They educate students from kindergarten through eighth grade, so they break up their curricula into Lower School and Upper School. As you might have guessed, the Upper School consists of grades 5 through 8.
This NYC private upper school is built around the understanding that adolescents have a natural curiosity about the world. Staff cater to that curiosity and seek to encourage it. But they also understand that children at this age start to develop an independence, and they want to encourage that as well. Cathedral offers a classic liberal arts education that fosters communication, questions, and risk taking. Students take field trips, listen to guest lectures, and study a diverse curriculum.
In the 7th and 8th grades students study Latin. Students are given opportunities to study electives such as photography, architecture, digital movie making, choir, current events, or writing for the school’s literary magazine.
The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine Upper School helps students develop morally, spiritually, and intellectually while preparing for high school, college, and beyond.