Innovative Academic Program and Student Freedom
We design our program and learning environment with a focus on strong academics which means:
We seek to enroll students who love learning.
We hire bright teachers who love learning and teaching and who are qualified to teach their subjects at a college level, and these teachers have great freedom to select content and design courses they find compelling.
We use books and other course content normally reserved for college and graduate courses.
Our classes are small, discussion-based seminars that promote thoughtfulness and encourage students to reflect on the complexity and importance of the subjects they’re studying.
Classes are designed to connect to the larger world, and we build experiences outside of school into our coursework.
Students are not judged, or limited, by their chronological age, so our classes often have students from multiple grade levels.
As adults, we do not always know what is best for students, so we seek to learn from students and to give them opportunities to explore and to develop their own interests.
We value innovation and flexibility in program design over conventional wisdom. As teachers and administrators we are always learning, so the school is always changing.
There are no shortcuts. Time and effort students invest working on rigorous content and assignments are the wellspring of real learning and academic achievement.