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

Next Board of Trustees Meeting:
September 26
at 7:00 p.m.

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