All teaching and learning in High School is guided by our learning principles. The High School curriculum builds on the Middle School development of conceptual understanding, disciplinary and transdisciplinary competencies and character traits taught through conceptual frameworks and an inquiry-based approach.
A blend of academic opportunities, including a range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and High school Electives, complemented by extra-curricular and service opportunities, empowers students to develop personalized learning experiences in real-world contexts. Elective courses include a suite of options from the arts, design, technology, physical activity or courses like Model United Nations, Global Citizenship and an introduction to the theory of knowledge. Infused throughout our programs are opportunities for students to engage in meaningful and sustainable service learning opportunities designed to make them active participants in improving their communities.
The Mentor Program in High School is designed to build a strong sense of community and belonging, foster wellness and balance, build school spirit and offer support and guidance with students’ academic, social and emotional needs. Students meet in small mentor groups (10-12 students per group), twice a week with one of the sessions focused on mentor time and the other on service learning.
The mentor program is focused on the following key areas: building relationships, community, and school spirit, providing opportunities for open and honest communication, strengthening health and wellbeing, developing an awareness of social and emotional learning, and supporting academics through transferable knowledge and skills. In addition, students are given guidance to work on college applications and interviews and there is time to meet with admissions officers who visit throughout the year.
Students are also given time to archive and reflect on their growth and learning, celebrate success and acknowledge the work and support of others, through digital portfolios, assemblies, demonstrations of learning and other presentations.
High School Schedule
The schedule is organized around A days and B days with 4 classes each day. Classes begin at 7:50 am and end at 2:50 pm on regular days and 12:00 pm on shortened days. Two blocks are dedicated to elective classes where students can either choose to pursue an additional AP subject, or an elective course, most of which run for a semester.
On Mondays, students meet for 40 minutes in their mentor groups to work on study skills, team-building, social-emotional wellbeing, and community projects. These are tailored to the needs of each grade level. On Thursdays, students meet for 40 minutes to plan and work on service learning projects.
Shortened days occur approximately twice a month, on Wednesdays, when school finishes early at 12:00 pm: