Grade 11 beginning Fall 2023
Learn to think critically
Form strong opinions
Articulate their opinions clearly and persuasively
Because Upper School students’ capacity for abstract thought is maturing, this is the perfect age to introduce formal debate and logical reasoning. Students begin to think critically about the facts they have learned and work toward applying knowledge, historical context, and the fine points of logic. Using the Socratic method to engage students, teachers encourage debate and critical thinking. Through regular opportunities for public speaking and debate, students learn to listen and communicate well, a combination that fosters wisdom, goodwill, and civility. To this end, we seek to help students grow to be comfortable in their own skin and extend that comfort to others. Within this learning environment, students discover their own specific passions, talents, and potential.
Every single teacher brings enthusiasm for their discipline to the classroom, sparking imagination, wonder, and appreciation in students. The faculty regularly opens dialogue and investigation that has led our children down surprising pathways and new discoveries."
—Matthew H. (P’17, 19, 20, 29, 30)
In the classical academic model, we often say that the teacher is the curriculum. Our Upper School faculty, most of whom hold advanced degrees, are committed to spiritual and professional growth. They model life-long learning and attend conferences to enhance their skills as educators. The faculty seeks to set an example of faith, character, and learning agility. They love engaging the hearts and minds of their students and encouraging them as image-bearers of God. This creates an infectious environment of learning and rich relationships between students and their teachers.