Academics

Student in lab coat in science class on the roof deck

Scholarship is not a social liability and education is more than test scores.

We challenge each student to be the measure of their own success, to develop their unique strengths, and interests and to work to their best ability. In this way, students reach their fullest potential and develop agency on their education and life endeavors.

Our classrooms are staffed by inspiring faculty--the ambassadors of our mission--each passionate about teaching the subject matter they love. Classes averaging 12 students create opportunity for personalized instruction. In small classrooms, faculty are able to be responsive to each learner. 

By balancing challenging projects with a common sense approach to the student as a person, we create a culture of individual success which is embodied by every member of our community. We see and care about each student, and we take their victories and their struggles to heart. There’s no greater pleasure than getting them through a challenge--intact and triumphant. 

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"Academic​ ​achievement​ ​isn’t​ ​​a​ ​subculture​ ​for​ ​an​ ​upper​ ​echelon​ ​of​ ​students;​ ​it’s​ ​the​ ​norm​ ​and, in​ ​fact,​ ​​celebrated.​ ​We​ ​have​ ​every type and interest in our midst—but​ ​for​ ​everyone​ ​it’s​ ​cool​ ​to​ ​excel.​ ​At​ ​All​ ​School​ ​Meetings,​ ​when​ ​a teacher​ ​announces​ ​the​ ​results​ ​of​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Latin​ ​Exam​ ​or​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Math​ ​Competition, students​ ​cheer​ ​as if​ ​the​ ​basketball​ ​team defeated​ ​our​ ​rivals."Dr. Maria Elena Caballero-Robb, Humanities Faculty