English curriculum develops thinking and language together through formal Harkness discussion and prioritizes students’ ability to produce clear, coherent written expression, in which the structure, organization, and technique are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience.
The scientific method teaches students to observe patterns or explain a phenomenon; technology provides them with the tools to investigate, analyze, and communicate their ideas; engineering principles let them practice design for solutions; and math is the computational language that supports an engaged, evidence based discussion.
The Electives Program gives students a voice in the educational offerings outside of the core curriculum. Courses adapt annually according to student interest and faculty expertise.
Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and judgment that enable them to participate intelligently, justly, and responsibly in civic life, and in deliberation about local, national, and international issues.
The arts programs provide a rich and engaging curriculum that encourages students to challenge themselves—to look beyond their horizons, to develop new skills, to take risks, and to dream.
Citizenship courses give middle division students tangible, relevant, and necessary tools to support their experience as learners. Courses include Ethics, Social/Emotional, and Study Strategies and Computer Use.
Students and teachers work together to solidify a sense of competence, confidence, and purpose in the study of mathematics. Topics are integrated into a problem-centered approach in which students continually encounter mathematics in a meaningful context, enabling them to draw, and then verify, their own conclusions.
The World Languages program introduces and improves upon students' speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Spanish and Chinese. Through exposure to different cultures, students explore the similarities and differences with people across oceans, across borders, or even just across the room.
The Middle Division (Grades 5-8) reports on a student's progress six times each year.