Upper School

Mill Springs Academy's Upper School serves students in grades 7 through 12. The Upper School offers a challenging curriculum with academic rigor for college-bound students who happen to learn in different ways. Our teachers are talented and gifted in helping students with learning differences find ways to be successful. We offer instruction and assistance to help our students become self-advocates, understand what their learning disabilities may be, and discover strategies that work for each individual student. Whether it's teaching our kids the value of giving back to their community, teaching them strategies to manage their learning differences, or helping them learn self-advocacy skills, we focus on the whole child. 

MSA's Upper School is comprised of three different sections, PreUpper, which serves students in grades 7 - 8, Communications Arts, which serves students in grades 7-12, and Upper, which serves students in grades 9-12.

Communication Arts provides a college-preparatory academic program for those students who are most successful in a smaller, more individualized setting. With a limited classroom size, our teachers provide students with the ultimate environment for their social and academic growth. Communications Arts students may have a smaller home base, but they share all social events and elective classes with Upper and PreUpper students.

We are grateful that our son seems to be thriving at Mill Springs Academy. This is the first time he has ever gotten involved in sports in high school. He seems to enjoy track, although he hasn't done it before. The atmosphere seems warm, welcoming and supportive for him.
- Upper School Parent

Upper School Faculty and Administration

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Michael Adams

Michael Adams

Titles: Instructor - PU
Marlena Alvarado

Marlena Alvarado

Titles: Instructor - U
James Bennett

James Bennett

Titles: Instructor - U
Kathleen Bukowski

Kathleen Bukowski

Titles: Learning Specialist
Gage Clark

Gage Clark

Titles: Instructor - CA
Angela Davis

Angela Davis

Titles: Counselor
Jennie Donaldson

Jennie Donaldson

Titles: Instructor - U, Scheduler
John Findley

John Findley

Titles: Head of Upper School, Director of Grades 11-12

Leadership

John Findley
Head of Upper School, Director of Grades 11-12
jfindley@millsprings.org

Chelsea Michelson
Director of CommArts Grades 7-12
cmichelson@millsprings.org

Nina King
Director of PreUpper Grades 7-8
nking@millsprings.org

Taniah Jones
Dean of Students, 
Director for Grades 9-10
tjones@millsprings.org

Upper School Calendar