Curriculum and Instructional Program
In the Spring of 2015, Sussex Academy became an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and began offering IB Diploma Program (DP) courses in 11th and 12th grades. Sussex Academy considers the project based instructional program for grades 6 through 10 as preparing students for the IB DP and has established an instructional model of best practices to support this initiative. All students at the Sussex Academy follow an accelerated curriculum that meets or exceeds state standards.
Throughout the school year, students and teachers are involved in interdisciplinary learning expeditions to promote self-discovery and construct knowledge. To support these experiences, teachers, students, and school leaders build a culture of respect and high expectations.
The school schedule is built around large flexible blocks of time. Incoming sixth-grade students are placed on a team and remain with the same set of teachers for at least two years.
Each teacher of the Sussex Academy possesses unique talents in working with adolescents and has training and expertise in the particular learning styles of middle and high school students. The middle school teams of teachers are responsible for teaching the content standards and skills in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. The high school teams instruct students in ELA, Spanish, STEM, science, social studies, mathematics, and various content related electives. Other subjects such as physical education, art, music, coding, STEM, and other co-curricular classes are taught outside the core academic areas and are referred to as middle school exploratories or high school electives.