Small School Program

We have designed our Upper School program to continue the success of our Middle School program. Much research has shown that small school programs enable students to develop strong interpersonal connections with adults and peers as well as help increase individual student participation in classes, activities, and the life of the school.

Our small charter public school also enables teachers to creatively help students explore, investigate, and develop skills. Our small size provides great flexibility to continually adjust and improve our program to support the development of our students.


Skills for the 21st Century

The curriculum at Rising Tide is designed for students to inquire and think critically. Our approach has been developed through research and the collective experience of our faculty and school leaders to support the ways in which people best learn, deepen understanding, and build skills. Our four Schoolwide Objectives (Communicator, Investigator, Self-Directed Learner and Community Steward) are important for the development of our students both in the school setting and beyond the school setting.

Our college preparatory program offers guidance and support to students and families for the process of planning, applying, and succeeding in college. We will be offering advanced courses in each discipline in the upper grades, and will provide support for students who plan to take SAT subject tests or AP tests.

More unique to our Upper School program is our plan to offer an Internship course in the upper grades. This will provide students an opportunity to pursue an interest, build worldly skills, and work in the company of adults while still in high school.


Academic Variety and Choice

At our Upper School program, students get to choose an elective course each semester over the course of four years. Students have an opportunity to pursue many courses in the arts, sciences, social studies or languages in addition to their core courses. Through these elective courses, students can broaden their skills in different areas or demonstrate a commitment to an area of interest.

In the upper grades, students will also be able to select advanced courses as a part of the core program. The 11th and 12th grade course load can look different for each student – they won’t be locked into a set program for their final two years.


Academic Rigor with Balance

We hold high expectations for our school and our students, but also believe that a rigorous school program needs balance to support the growth of our students. Our Upper School schedule, which features four blocks each day, allows students to inquire and explore within class, reduces the stress of rushing from one class to the next, and helps students feel less overwhelmed at night by only needing to prepare for four classes the next day.

As in the Middle School program, our Upper School program includes Advisory, Academic Support and Community Time. The structure for these program components is different than in the Middle School, but they remain essential to balancing the educational and community experience for students at Rising Tide. Students also work with their Advisories to develop and implement service learning projects.

Our Upper School offers other extra-curricular activities after school, such as interscholastic sports, clubs, trips, and social events. We currently field Soccer, Basketball, Baseball and Softball teams. Current club activities include a Dance Team, Fashion Club, Karate Club, Junior Classical League, Magazine Club, Model UN, and Running Club. In the spring, a group of students will be traveling to New York City to explore Spanish culture in America; we also will be offering international travel opportunities similar to the 8th grade trip to Italy.


Strong Academic Program

While we do not focus on teaching to any test, we are proud that our students perform well on MCAS, the statewide measure of student progress. Our overall school performance on these tests provides comparable data for our school from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In terms of overall school performance, our Middle School program is in the 84th percentile in Massachusetts, approximately double the percentile of the Plymouth middle and high schools. For comparable measures for our Upper School program, we only have our 9th grade student performance on the High School Science & Technology/Engineering tests. All of our participants passed the test, and 51% of our students received scores in the Advanced category, approximately double the percentage of students in other districts.


The following towns are included in Rising Tide's region:

Barnstable, Bourne, Carver, Duxbury, Falmouth, Halifax, Kingston, Lakeville, Marion, Marshfield, Mashpee, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rochester, Sandwich and Wareham

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September 26
at 7:00 p.m.

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Summer Letters from Advisory Teams and Summer Reading:
Copies of each summer reading book are available for purchase at each school building between 9am and 2pm, Monday through Thursday.

Grade 5 Summer 2016 Letter
Summer Reading: Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

Grade 6 Summer 2016 Letter

Summer Reading: Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar

Grade 7 Summer 2016 Letter

Summer Reading: Pax, by Sara Pennypacker

Grade 8 Summer 2016 Letter

Summer Reading: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Grade 9 Summer 2016 Letter

Summer Reading: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Grade 10 Summer 2016 Letter

Summer Reading: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

Grade 11 Summer 2016 Letter

Summer Reading: The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

Grade 12 Summer 2016 Letter

Summer Reading: Tenth of December, by George Saunders

Our librarian, Mrs. Marion Thayer, has put together an additional list of recommended books for summer reading:
Rising Tide Recommended Summer Reading List
Fall Athletics: 
Tryouts for Soccer, Cross Country, and Golf will be on August 25th and 26th. Preseason packets are available by clicking on the name of the sport below. Packet forms and payments for these sports need to be returned by this Friday, August 12

Soccer Preseason Packet
Students in Grades 6 through 12 are eligible to tryout for the following teams:
Girls Varsity Soccer
Girls Sub Varsity Soccer
Boys Varsity Soccer
Boys Sub Varsity Soccer

Cross Country Preseason Packet
Students in Grades 8-12 are eligible to tryout for the following teams:
Boys Varsity Cross Country
Girls Varsity Cross Country

Golf Preseason Packet
Students in Grades 6-12 are eligible to tryout for Co-ed Varsity Golf.

Cooperative Varsity Football
This fall, Rising Tide has partnered with Sacred Heart School in Kingston to form a cooperative Varsity Football team. Rising Tide students in grades 9-12 are eligible to tryout at 5pm on Friday, August 19 at Sacred Heart. If you are interested in participating in the Cooperative Varsity Football, please email our Athletic Director, Matt Peterson, immediately at mpeterson@risingtide.org.