Upper School

9th Grade

High school–every ninth grader on the planet feels some anxiety about it.

At Moses Brown, instead of being thrown into the heartless hallways of Stereotype High, students begin the year with a three-day adventure at the Friends Camp in South China, Maine.  They’ll develop lasting relationships with teachers and classmates, and a sense of authorship about what they hope to gain and accomplish in their high school years.

Throughout the year, they’ll read challenging texts and respond to them with thoughtful analysis, stretch their mathematical aptitude, examine scientific questions with discipline and rigor, and confront complex questions in history.

They can hone their chops in musical ensembles, sing and act their hearts out on stage, and leave every drop of sweat they can muster on the playing field.  Whether developing existing talents or finding new ones, students discover that in so many ways, ninth grade at Moses Brown is just the beginning.


Daily Life

All Freshmen at Moses Brown begin the school year with a three-day adventure at the Friends Camp in South China, Maine.  Students will discover and clarify their personal goals, and begin to develop a shared sense of community that will shape their upper school experience.  Under the leadership of the Director of Global Education and the Director of Student Life, they will focus on social entrepreneurship, a theme that will follow them through their upper school experience.



At Moses Brown, all ninth graders take a year-long course in English that aims to establish a foundation of critical thinking, reading, and writing through a shared literary and rhetorical experience. Students read, analyze, and discuss classic texts like Macbeth, Antigone, and collections of poems, essays, and short stories.  They regularly memorize and perform Shakespeare...

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Ninth graders at Moses Brown typically study geometry or algebra.  At every grade in upper school, students with a passion and aptitude for mathematics can move beyond grade-level material with extra electives or summer courses (at Moses Brown or online), and join extracurricular activities like Math Olympiad. In Geometry, we coach students to write formal...

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At Moses Brown, ninth grade history begins with armor clanking in the Middle Ages and ends with the sound of German boots marching into Poland.  The countries of western Europe were the crossroads of global economic development and exploration.  From the Silk Road to North America, a significant increase in global activity connected peoples across...

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At Moses Brown, the Science department strives to nurture a spirit of inquiry in every ninth grader.  Laboratory experiments, field observations, and close reading of scientific literature guide students as they study the natural and physical sciences and consider the implications of science in modern life.  In every discipline, students apply the scientific method and...

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In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, students need to be able to create digital environments, not just use them.  Coding stresses computational thinking, in which students break a problem down and express a solution in steps that a computer can understand.  After all, in the 21st century the ability to code will be as critical...

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World Languages

Ninth graders at Moses Brown all study a foreign language and have a wide range of options.  They can pursue advanced studies in a language with which they are familiar, or learn the basics of a language they’ve never tried before.  Mastery of a foreign language is critical to understanding one’s native culture and worldview,...

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