Upper School Curriculum
Overview: Grades Six Through Eight
Intellectual engagement, character development and the ability to work with others are core values of a Harbor Country Day School education. The key to this is the people who are instrumental in creating a safe, nurturing, creative and challenging environment - our teachers. The relationships that develop between each child and his or her teachers are critical in inspiring that student to become an independent, self-aware, and joyful member of our school community. We believe that every interaction between teachers and students contributes to creating a school environment in which students can feel comfortable in taking risks, asking questions, and stretching themselves to go further than they ever thought possible. Central to this are the vital building blocks we reinforce everyday: basic academic and organizational skills. It is by knowing how to write, organize, compute, create, problem solve, discuss, collaborate, listen and share that students become independent, self-reliant learners. In challenging students to reach beyond their expectations, we encourage them to stretch out and achieve as excellent writers, readers, mathematicians, athletes, artists or musicians.
At Harbor, we strive to create a place that is thoughtful, vibrant and natural; this is one of the beauties of a Preschool through Eighth Grade school model. There is a striking difference between our structure and a stand-alone Middle School, or Middle and Upper School. With 3- to-14-year-olds living and learning together under one roof, children quite naturally avoid feeling the rush to grow up quickly. Our mission states it best, we “cherish childhood” – and this mission is reflected in everything we do.