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Freshman Year

It is important to recognize the benefits the freshman year provides, including rigorous coursework, small classes, leadership opportunities, and outstanding educational travel. The freshmen begin the year with an orientation trip to the high peaks region of the Adirondacks, and later in the year, they conclude their coursework on Chinese history with a trip to China to observe, experience, and delve deeper into the culture they have been studying. Based on our experience, the academic, social/emotional, and leadership confidence gained as a result of the freshman year pay dividends in high school and beyond. Listed below are key points shared from alumni, parents, and faculty alike:

  • The quality of the academic program for the freshman year is a vigorous course of high school study, comparable to ninth grade programs at the most competitive secondary schools.
  • Social restructuring as a result of matriculating eighth graders provides a tremendous opportunity for growth as our Freshmen break their traditional social roles and forge new relationships with old peers.
  • Small class sizes in the freshman year offer unparalleled student-to-teacher ratios, individualized attention, and a safe environment to take intellectual risks.
  • Participants in the freshman year often cite their close relationships with faculty and confidence with adults as instrumental in their future self-advocacy and success.
  • Tuxedo Park School Freshman Year participants enter the sophomore year at their respective schools with a level of confidence and self-assurance gained from small class sizes, close relationships with faculty, and unique, specialized opportunities.
  • Students entering public school have seen positive results on NY State Regents and proficiency exams, often allowing for placement into honors and Advanced Placement courses.
  • Students who participate in the freshman year see marked improvement in SSAT scores in comparison to their eighth grade year, as well as an increased rate of acceptance to their first choice schools.