Upper Division

Welcome to the Avenues Upper Division, grades 6 through 12. The Upper Division extends the developmental learning of the Early Learning Center and Lower Division and offers unique capstone opportunities that make Avenues a singular educational experience for talented students.

The Upper Division is where the basics of a strong education are enriched by an approach that places the student at the center of scholarly and experiential exploration. First and foremost, Avenues is dedicated to exceptional educational standards.

As you consider applying to Avenues, please keep in mind four important and defining aspects of our educational offering:

1. Our mission is to graduate every student prepared for a life far more global than that of prior generations. That means proficiency in a foreign language, feet-on-the-ground exposure to multiple cultures and knowledge of not only the world’s history but of its most likely future issues. Avenues is known for its language studies, for its highly integrated study-abroad programs and for a World Course developed by Ivy League scholars.

2. We believe early excellence in a particular area is an important part of success in life. It teaches perseverance and builds confidence; and even if that interest is not a lifelong pursuit, the lessons of mastery in one area are transferable to another. Starting in the middle grades and continuing at the high school level, Avenues works with all students to help them discover and develop their particular passions, allowing students to pursue their areas of interest, supported by faculty coaching and a superb technology infrastructure.

3. Just as we devote enormous time and attention to preparing students for entrance into great colleges and universities, those higher education institutions want to know and understand our graduates. What is special about these students? What have they learned and experienced that will add something different to a college or university? In this light, your applications from Avenues to colleges and universities will be viewed as something new and different, highlighting students and families with the spirit of innovation and exploration that is highly regarded on college campuses.

4. Because our vision is for “one school with 20 campuses,” Avenues will continue to grow through the years. This growth will be guided by the experience and insights of our students; if you become a part of our community, you will be able to shape the culture, curriculum and community of our future campuses. Few students have such an opportunity; your tenure here will be a life-shaping time.

Should you choose to apply, we look forward to getting to know you. We hope this site helps you get to know us better.

TODD SHY
Head of the Upper Division

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Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

April 18, 2019

A Chinese-Spanish Cabaret

by Jennette Mullaney


Upper Division students performed in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese for this year’s Cabaret! Although previous years had featured songs in Spanish, this was the first year our Cabaret included Chinese as well.  

April 17, 2019

Design Thinking in 1st Grade

by Anna Stevens, Lower Division Science Teacher


Using the design thinking process—a series of steps to solve a problem—our 1st graders built structures to satisfy the needs of Madagascar hissing cockroaches kept at the school.  

April 12, 2019

Matt Green and the World Before Your Feet: Mindful Travel and Interaction

by Jennette Mullaney


The middle grades at Avenues had the great fortune of hearing from Matt Green, the subject of a new documentary titled The World Before Your Feet.  

April 10, 2019

“Poetry Is That Which Is Worth Translating”: Writing Between Languages at Avenues

by Brady Smith and Narcy Carranza


In 9th and 10th grade HIP (High Intensity Practice) Thinking through Writing, students have been reading and rewriting Spanish and Chinese poems in English.  

April 9, 2019

Lunar New Year in the Early Learning Center

by Evelyn Vivar, Spanish Fellow in the Early Learning Center


Students in the Early Learning Center learned so much about Lunar New Year this winter.  


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