As independent thinkers, principled leaders, and humble learners, All Saints Academy students are compelling examples of the school’s mission personified and individualized, and they make the Upper School unique.
From “lifers” who have attended ASA since early childhood to those who begin in ninth grade, students in ASA’s Upper School often say they feel like they are part of a family or a community. On tours of campus, prospective students often notice the community-centric parts of Upper School life: students’ smiles, their engagement with teachers, friendly offers to hold doors and give directions, and a sense of trust and freedom that pervades the college-like campus.
Learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom are designed to challenge students to think independently, whether through positing a hypothesis as a part of a science lab or contributing to a writing workshop in English. Today’s learners must be prepared to think critically and take responsibility for learning that is beyond the basics of the last century. Our entire learning community–from students to teachers to administration–intentionally engages in humble learning, which means that we embrace our roles as lifetime learners and curious participants. Students are mentored as leaders and regularly point to their strong relationships with faculty and coaches as hallmarks of their ASA experience. Whether in the classroom, athletic field, or the arts, ASA students have opportunities for leadership that are unique to a small school.
As part of our personalized approach to college advising, students are guided to research and identify the colleges and universities that best fit their goals and learning profiles. We are proud of our legacy of 100% college acceptance, and we take pride in the successes of our graduates. ASA alumni regularly point to the skills and confidence earned at ASA as the key to those successes.
The connections students make during their Upper School years are memories that last a lifetime. Connections with friends who encourage and support them; teachers who inspire and shepherd them; coaches who help them develop selflessness and discipline; teams they rally behind; the first experience of being authentically challenged by an assignment; when they understand that a mistake is a learning experience; when they find the college that fits them best. These hallmarks define our Upper School culture, go beyond academic rigor, and prepare students for college and life beyond.
HALLMARKS OF AN ASA EDUCATION
- Legacy of 100% college acceptance
- Two full-time College Advisors
- Frequent on-campus visits from college/university representatives
- Preparing students for college and beyond
- Lyceum Merit Studies for academically gifted students
- Lyceum concentrations in Civic Engagement, Global Studies, and STEAM
- AP Advanced Placement Courses
- Curriculum for the “New Basics” skills for the world of the future
- Focus on Collaboration: Power in working together
- Critical Thinking / Iteration: realization that there is not one right answer
- Professional artists on staff
- Artists in Residence working directly with students
- Award winning programs in visual and performing arts
- Exhibitions in visual and performing arts with real-world learning opportunities
- Highly-esteemed professionals
- Inspiring role models
- Connections with teachers
- Individualized learning
Our Advisory program at ASA plays a huge role in supporting students throughout their academic journey. With regular grade checks and personalized assistance , our faculty advisors help ensure that students in the Middle and Upper School stay on track and excel in their studies. In their middle school years, faculty advisors along with our school counselor work to provide healthy social relationships, along with making others feel valued and included.