Upper School Program
The goal of the Upper School program is to prepare students to become capable and independent learners. We encourage students to become adept with tools and strategies — note taking, research, test preparation, effective study habits, and taking on an increased workload — that will enable them to thrive in secondary school.
The Upper School curriculum is designed to utilize students' knowledge and analytical abilities. In history, sixth graders engage in a lively debate on government during Roman times. The following year, in conjunction with their study of American history, seventh graders write an in-depth research paper on an event, theme, or person from that time. Eighth graders examine the topics of tolerance versus intolerance, prejudice, and coming-of-age through the novels The Red Pony, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Bread Givers. In Tower’s state-of-the-art science labs, students might study cell division using their own DNA or explore the laws of physics by building model roller coasters.