Student Life

Ninth Grade Experience

Freshman Year

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  • Navigating the Transition

    At Sage Hill School, ninth grade is much more than just the first year of high school; it is a journey of self-discovery, an adjustment to new ways of learning, and a time when lifelong friendships begin.

    Our unique Ninth Grade Experience is designed to ensure a smooth transition from middle school to high school and welcome each student into the Sage Hill community.

Meet the Dean

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  • Photo of Elizabeth Anauld

    Elizabeth Anauld 

    English Teacher, Ninth Grade Dean

Highlights of the Ninth Grade Experience

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  • Advisory

    Groups of approximately 10-12 students and one faculty or staff advocate meet weekly, with individual student/advisor meetings as needed.
  • Ninth Grade Retreat

    For three days during the first month of school students bond with their classmates and their advisors in a relaxed mountain setting.
  • Challenging Curriculum

    In addition to rigorous core academic courses, all ninth graders take our unique Patterns of Civilization and Arts Survey courses, which lay an important learning foundation and expose students to a variety of disciplines.
  • College Guidance

    Our dedicated Dean of Ninth and Tenth Grade College Counseling works with students to design a flexible four-year plan for their Sage Hill experience, and parents are invited to college counseling coffees for introductory guidance.
  • Individual Support

    Twice-weekly Conference hours offer dedicated time for students to work one-on-one with their teachers. Teachers and peer tutors are also available in the Academic Resource Center throughout the week.
  • Ninth Grade Wellness Seminars

    Regular meetings foster skills necessary for academic and personal success, such as study skills, stress-reduction, leadership, and internet safety.
  • Ninth Grade X Blocks

    X Block is a time when we hold class meetings, clubs will meet and students can collaborate on group projects.
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  • Service Learning Program

    Ninth graders learn leadership and empathy by mentoring elementary students from partner schools through a year-long program.
  • Ongoing Communication

    A monthly e-newsletter, informational ninth grade parent coffees and other events ensure that families know what’s happening at Sage Hill.

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