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Welcome from our Upper School Dean

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I welcome you to The Academy, which has provided students with a rigorous, classical education in a nurturing environment since 1969. I am The Academy’s Upper School Dean, and English and Latin teacher. I have also experienced The Academy from the perspective of a parent because my two children (now in college) attended The Academy from kindergarten through eighth grade. I can attest to the fact that The Academy offers something unique. This is in part because the teachers at The Academy have the courage to demand excellence of their students, and the determination to ensure that they achieve it. Our students become insatiable and joyful learners who are sought after by the most competitive high schools.

Our Upper School (grades 6-8) is built on the evidence and belief that ages 11-14 represent a distinct developmental stage, commonly referred to as “early adolescence.” During these years a great deal of personal and intellectual growth takes place. These students have the potential to develop as engaged and thoughtful learners when led by dedicated and experienced teachers who have high expectations of them. Our 45-year history has taught us that Upper School students are ready for, crave, and delight in intellectual challenges. Our passionate teachers guide our students through their intellectual journeys in small classrooms that allow for the development and expression of individual ideas.

The Academy’s Upper School celebrates the possibilities of language through the study of literature in both directed and creative writing assignments and in seminar-style classrooms, which encourage thoughtful discourse and debate. Mathematics teaches a sense of logic and abstract, symbolic expression. The study of physical and biological sciences develops an appreciation for the natural world while understanding the complexity of living organisms and the foundations of chemistry. Each student’s outlook on the contemporary world community is enhanced through a study of world history. The arts, humanities, and foreign language build an appreciation for the global, human community and the possibilities of expression beyond traditional academic boundaries.

The Academy also offers students the opportunity to learn and be challenged in different environments. They study field science through extended trips to the Marin Headlands or Yosemite National Park, deepen their knowledge of American history through visiting Washington, D.C., and broaden their understanding of culture and language through traveling to various countries. The Academy has also always attracted a diverse and international student body. This cultural richness is woven through the fabric of our school and anchors our students to their global community. We invite you to visit us to see what makes this school so special!

John Lynch, Upper School Dean

About John Lynch:

John Lynch is The Academy’s Upper School Dean and also teaches English and Latin. John received his B.A. in English Literature from Yale University, and his M.A. (with Distinction) in English Language, Literature, and Research from the University of Virginia. He has been a Visiting Scholar at University of Oxford and began his teaching career thirty years ago at the University of Virginia. Those who have had the pleasure of seeing John teach can attest to the fact that he is the sort of teacher one never forgets!



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