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Upper School

hen reflecting on the Upper School experience at The John Thomas Dye School, the following excerpt from The Salutation of the Dawn comes immediately to mind. "Today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope." Indeed, the Upper School program is designed to instill a "vision of hope" in every child.
The Upper School at John Thomas Dye is built upon a three-year program that culminates the K through 6 elementary school experience. Beginning in 4th grade and ending with 6th grade graduation, each upper school student transitions from a self-contained classroom experience to a departmentalized program. The core curriculum comprises language arts, social studies, math, and science. Additionally, students are educated in the fine arts, technology, library science, and music. A robust athletic program that combines physical education with interscholastic team sports rounds out the Upper School experience.
Just as significant to the healthy development of the upper school student's mind is an environment that promotes strong values and ethics for the soul. Good character is exhibited and modeled throughout the student's day. The School's core values are The 5C's: Cooperation, Consideration, Courtesy, Common Sense, and Caring. Whether in the classroom, on the athletic field, or on off-campus excursions, Upper School students promote these core values.
In order to best achieve their goals, students are provided with layers of support. For example, each student is given an adviser who tracks his or her academic and developmental progress. The adviser serves as both a mentor and an advocate to the student, and he or she is the main channel of communication between the School and the parents. Report cards are issued at the end of each trimester. Twice, the report cards are followed-up by advisor-led parent/teacher conferences. In addition, the report cards contain enriching narrative comments that speak to the individual child's growth in a class or in a subject area.
The Upper School program honors effort and respects hard work. By maintaining high expectations in a supportive school environment, John Thomas Dye graduates students who embrace their future.

Nat Damon
Assistant Head of School / Upper School Director
Mr. Nat Damon has been an independent school coach, teacher and administrator for sixteen years. Nat taught eighth and ninth grade English at Harvard-Westlake School and was the founding Academic Dean and Dean of Students at Sierra Canyon School. Nat is a 1993 graduate of Connecticut College who received his Masters Degree in Literature from Middlebury College's Breadloaf School of English in 2000.  Nat began at JTD in 2008.