Now is time for eighth-graders to think high school

Parents of eighth-graders take note – fall is the time to consider where your son or daughter will attend high school next year.

High school is not that much different from college admissions with many private schools having open houses and application deadlines in the fall or winter.

Many Jewish students in Arizona, including those from Jewish day schools, attend their local public high school.

But public high school may not be the right fit for everyone. Many Jewish students have gone on to attend Tesseract School, an educational leader in the Valley that prepares students to excel in college and beyond. Founded in 1988, Tesseract School is an independent day school that serves students through 12th grade. The non-denominational and co-educational school serves students from Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix and surrounding communities. The school has an eighth-grade parent dinner planned Oct. 20 on the high school campus at 3939 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028.

According to its mission statement, Tesseract fosters each student’s intellect, love of learning and strength of character in an innovative and collaborative environment. We prepare students to excel in college and beyond, lead lives of purpose, and become ethical and compassionate citizens with a global perspective.

The school’s core values are academic excellence, respect for the individual, and the importance of community.

The 2012 senior class of 18 students received more than $500,000 in merit scholarships, which exceeds $32,000 per student on average. The students had 100% college acceptance, and all of the students who applied for early decision earned early admission. Some of the schools these students will attend include Vassar College, Cal Poly, Emerson College and Colorado College.

“Respect for the student is at the heart of the Upper School program,” said Chris LaBonte, Ph.D, Tesseract’s director of upper school. “Teenagers work hardest and think best when they know that they are understood as individuals. Combining individual respect with high academic expectations and small class sizes allows us to create an environment where students expect and achieve the highest level of success.”

For more information, contact Scott Salk, director of admissions, at 480-991-1770 or

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