The Saint Clement Upper School Program (6-8) is designed to meet the educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of adolescents who are often experiencing rapid physical, intellectual, and social growth. The Upper School faculty take advantage of the natural curiosity, energy, and enthusiasm of sixth through eighth graders. Our rigorous curriculum focuses on the core subjects, a disciplined manner of inquiry, individual creativity, and developing competent study habits. The faculty and administrators have developed experiences for our students that help to provide a secure base from which all of our students can grow, especially at this crucial developmental stage on their educational journey.
"Saint Clement consistently sends us great kids who are prepared for the college prep curriculum and are spiritually astute."
- Father Michael Caruso, SJ President of Saint Ignatius College Prep
Our Upper School students have many exciting opportunities in addition to daily coursework in the core subjects -- science, mathematics, language arts, social studies, Spanish, literature and religion. Students also have weekly classes in STEAM, Physical Education, Technology, Music, and Visual Arts.
The Saint Clement Upper School is designed to meet the needs of early adolescents as they experience the emergence of their own independence. Our purpose is to help each student develop their skills, an enthusiasm for learning, and the confidence and discipline to think independently and behave responsibly. Within a strong liberal arts curriculum aligned to the Common Core Standards, students are challenged, within their ability, to embrace new concepts and ideas, listen to others, and think critically, as they journey toward becoming more independent.
The Saint Clement Upper School Advisory Program ensures that each student has a formally appointed member of the faculty who will serve as their personal and academic advocate and be able to provide support to the student throughout their upper school years. Advisors and their advisees meet five times a week. The Advisories are groups comprised of a group of students and a faculty member. Advisories meet each morning and afternoon, providing opportunities for students to interact, plan, and problem solve under the guidance and support of an adult. Advisors are the primary contact for families; they know the students best. Advisors oversee the whole child at school, as they serve as advocates for the student, facilitate student-teacher meetings as needed, explore how individual students learn best and help them set goals for each trimester.