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Upper Grades

Preparing students for a globally connected, innovation-driven and largely unknown future

The upper grades are where our ambitious goals for Avenues graduates, defined in our mission statement, are most comprehensively realized. Our students will be:

Accomplished in all the academic skills you would expect

At ease beyond their borders

Confident because they excel in a particular passion


Developing empathetic listeners, confident presenters and young people who see the world from multiple perspectives

Exchange refers to the discussion-based method of instruction used in humanities classes in the upper grades. Inspired by the Harkness method developed at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exchange uses a round table to move the focus of the class from the teacher to the other students and the texts under discussion.

The Fundamentals

Across all subject areas, the approach in the upper grades is interdisciplinary and often project-based, enabling students to learn by tackling real-world problems through multiple perspectives. The curriculum includes:

  • English
  • Intensive language: Mandarin or Spanish
  • Integrated science
  • Discussion-based math
  • The World Course and global humanities
  • History
  • Arts electives
  • Wellness and Movement

A Global Curriculum for a World School

What do Avenues students learn? The Avenues World Elements table is our answer to that question. Designed by our research and development team, the Avenues World Elements is a global curricular system that defines the learning outcomes of Avenues students at all grade levels, at all our campuses.

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