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Upper School

Grades 9 through 12 are pivotal years in students’  lives as they explore, examine, envision, endeavor and enter the world of learning through the many lenses that a LWA education fosters. At LWA, students cultivate and hone their genuine voices as they write across all disciplines, collaborate with peers, share in a variety of media, and most importantly, gain a sense of self and satisfaction through each learning experience. Guided by an outstanding faculty whose expertise in their disciplines, as well as their creative and student-centered approach to curriculum design, LWA Upper School students have opportunities every day to deepen their understanding of topics and concepts that interest them, as well as to widen the scope of their knowledge through a variety of “deep dives” into areas that spark their curiosity. The doors open wide for all of our students to not only experience learning through multiple perspectives and in various subject areas, but also to zoom-in their intellectual lenses in areas they are passionate about. 

Curricular Highlights

Dual Enrollment courses 

Students can earn college credits via our partnership with St. Francis College’s High School Bridge Program

Advanced Placement, Honors and Accelerated Courses

Opportunities for enrichment and advancement in a variety of subject areas

Global Scholar Certificate Program  

The LWA Global Scholar Certificate is a student-designed concentration in global studies that incorporates courses in Media Literacy, Global Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, and a Capstone Senior Thesis Paper, as well as community service, cross-cultural engagement activities and extra-curricular experiences that develop and expand global literacy skills. LWA is one of 25 schools in the United States that offers this global studies pathway.

LWA is truly a global school. Each year, each class in the Lower School conducts an intense interdisciplinary study of a country. It culminates with the International Day during which students perform, in costume, the music and dance of the country studied. The gymnasium is transformed into a showcase of individual and class projects, a food court of international cuisine, and a place where students and families join in celebration of diversity and unity. At LWA, our community is truly at home with the world.
Students of all grades study Basic Mandarin learning language and about Chinese culture in fun and engaging ways.

Guided Reading is a designated class period where small-group instruction is conducted. Students are grouped together based upon their instructional level. The teacher assigns appropriate books/texts and work to support each reader’s development. Guided Reading enables students to read more challenging texts with assistance.

Students explore and have hands-on experiences while learning science, engineering, math and technology skills. They work on various projects which enable them to investigate, design and build.

Several times weekly, students participate in Visual Arts, Theater and Music gaining exposure in all three areas from our award winning Arts teachers.

Wellness: At the start of the day, students check in with their teacher/advisor and advisors check in on students. Students participate in the Move This World wellness program which incorporates strategies for students to check in on and regulate their emotions and to be ready for the day ahead. 

Community Meeting: Focus is on social and emotional learning. Students participate in the Harmony program where they engage in lessons and units of study around topics such as Diversity and Inclusion, Empathy and Critical Thinking, Communication, Problem Solving and Peer Relationships. 

Physical Education- Students learn about and engage in activities that promote wellness, movement and teamwork.

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