Foundations of Learning


Foundations of Learning: A Continuum of Skills for Twenty-First Century Learners

As a part of New Hampton School’s commitment to the delivery of fundamental skills using relevant content, the Foundations of Learning showcases the paramount skills and content a twenty-first century learner needs most.   

The Foundations of Learning was developed over a three-year period by academic department heads.  These academic leaders studied national standards, researched cognitive functioning, discussed best practices, and then closely examined the learning profiles of New Hampton Schools’ students.

Explore each level of the Foundations of Learning below or find complete details in the downloads section.

Foundations of Learning

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  • 9th Grade - Level I

    Students develop foundational skills.
    Level I students develop self-awareness, strategies, and tools to be prepared for the rigors of academic life. This parallels the foundational nature of content, which includes computational and written fluency; comparative understanding of the world by examining cultures; languages, and environments; foundational experiences in the performing arts; and the development of scientific inquiry.
  • 10th Grade - Level II

    Students identify their talents.
    They develop intellectual curiosity and ethical responsibility. Level II students learn skills that demonstrate critical thinking to develop problem-solving strategies. These skills complement the continued developmental nature of Level II content, which includes an understanding of inductive and deductive reasoning; persuasive written and oral discourse; exploration of information from an applied perspective; creation of hypotheses followed by collaborative collection of data to draw conclusions; and the ability to recognize source credibility.
  • 11th Grade - Level III

    Students investigate multiple perspectives to determine a personal position.
    As Level III students develop strategies and skills to be lifelong learners, they exhibit open-mindedness and ethical responsibility to their local and extended communities. These skills parallel Level III content, which includes employment of knowledge to appreciate aesthetic appeal, environmental problems, and world issues; critical thinking to create position statements; and independent research using conscientious evaluation of sources.
  • 12th Grade or Postgraduate - Level IV

    Students gain self-confidence and independence.
    Level IV students develop empathy, comfort with complexity, and ethical courage in a global community. These skills parallel Level IV content, which includes the ability to debate through advocacy of position and viewpoint; application of various modes of discourse to enhance articulation of personal perspective; use of developed problem-solving skills to understand abstract ideas; and creation of interdisciplinary and multicultural connections to demonstrate comprehensive understanding.
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