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The Pike School
Andover, Massachusetts
An independent, coed, day school
for grades pre-kindergarten through nine

Upper School (6 - 9)


The Upper School offers a rich and comprehensive program that provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive in leading secondary schools and beyond. Teachers emphasize character growth and creativity through small group activities. Challenges in decision-making and collaboration are integral to the curriculum. The chief academic, social, and personal development of the students is guided by a faculty advisor who works closely with students and their families. 

A Day in the Life of Upper School

Take a peek into any Pike classroom, and delight in the creativity of lessons, intensity of discussions, depth of thought, interconnection of ideas, level of energy, and excitement of learning. Welcome to a day in the life of The Pike Upper School.

See also:  Upper School Clubs 

                   Additional Upper School Information

Grade 9: Dogsledding

The ninth grade recently found an exciting way to delve deeper into their Foundations and Justice course. The theme of the curriculum is to look at the pillars of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in relation to different groups of people. Recently, the ninth graders were discussing the ethics of dog sledding. To help bring light to the topic, they asked Emma Szegvari, an eighth grader who is passionate about dog sledding, to come in and talk about her experience with racing. In addition, they hoped to form their own opinions about the topic by going on a field trip to try dog sledding and to observe the treatment of the dog teams.

On January 29, the ninth grade left Pike for four days and spent their time with the Mahoosuc Guide Service in Newry, Maine. They wished to learn about the ethical issues of dog sledding as well as gain new experiences by spending time outdoors. Once in Maine, the ninth graders had the chance to meet the guides and dogs and learn about the history of dog sledding. The following day, they sledded and cross-country skied across Lake Umbagog, covering about 4 miles to reach the campsite. At the campsite, they learned how to collect water from a frozen lake, thatch fir boughs to form a yurt floor, and make “twiggy bundles” to burn in the woodstoves.
At the end of the trip, crossing the lake again proved a challenge because of extremely icy conditions. Both the skiers and dog sledders faced difficulties on the way back to the lodge. However, both groups made it back, and nobody was hurt along the way. The students demonstrated great resilience and teamwork skills during this situation.

Though the temperatures were cold and the conditions unfavorable, the ninth graders managed to keep their spirits up throughout the course of the trip. They agree it was a unique and informational experience that will leave a lasting impression.

--Sitara Rao, Pike Ninth Grade

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