Cultivating a lifelong love of learning.
Our High School Program
At The New School, our mission is to help students learn to use their minds well. High schoolers choose their classes, rather than follow a prescribed sequence, and teachers and students are on a first-name basis and interact as colleagues. Classes are small by design and structured as seminars, rather than lectures.
Our graduates emerge as self-reliant, academically curious, skilled learners–individuals who have a strong sense of self and are prepared to succeed in whatever they choose to do next.
What makes our program one-of-a-kind?
Our students are given a great deal of choice, particularly in the high school, to encourage them to invest in their education. Rather than general classes (e.g., English 9, Chemistry 10, Social Studies 11), students choose from a generous selection of fascinating classes within each discipline (e.g., The Search for Self in Literature, The Chemistry of War, The Art and Science of Dreams). In essence, our curriculum focuses on applied learning and mastery of academic skills, rather than memorization of facts.
The community life of The New School is largely created by the students. Our student government meets weekly to discuss topics of student and community interest and plan events, from the prom to guest speakers to field day. Most tellingly we have an all-school meeting every day, led by a member of the student government, which is an open forum where any member of the community may make an announcement. We care about connectedness and student initiative; we all know, respect, and listen to one another, and everyone has an equal voice within the school community.