The Upper School at Fredericksburg Academy is a wonderful place, but there's no arguing that there's a huge change from Middle to Upper School. Current eighth-graders – our rising freshmen – definitely have this change on their minds. Their sense of anticipation is familiar to everyone who has made the official transition between buildings.
"[Upper school] is a huge thing to step into from Middle School," eighth-grader Nina Zarin said. "But with the opportunities to explore the high school as an eighth-grader, each student can see the Upper School for themselves. This helps the students form their own opinions about the high school."
One of the focuses of FA administration over the past few years has been strengthening connections among the different divisions of the school. In February, the eighth grade class shared the experience of recreating Shakespeare's Macbeth in the form of a movie in groups with the current sophomores. This was not only a creative academic project, but was also a way to introduce the eighth grade to people and traditions in the Upper School.
"Originally we were kind of scared by the idea of the Upper School. But the school tried to do as much as possible to connect us with the Upper Schoolers," said Christopher Sniffin. "We even made our own friends in the Upper School through things like Shakespearience."
Through cross-division events such as the Perch, FAFA Fest, and sporting activities, eighth-graders begin to get an idea of what high school at FA might be like for them. As expected, the middle-schoolers have some anxiety about the big transition, but they are also excited for the many opportunities and freedoms offered to them in the Upper School.
Fredericksburg Academy is a PK-Grade 12 coeducational, independent, private school in Fredericksburg, VA. FA is regarded as a top private middle school in Fredericksburg, a top private middle school in Stafford, and a top private middle school in Spotsylvania. It is recognized a top private high school in Fredericksburg, a top private high school in Stafford, and a top private high school in Spotsylvania.