It's always nice to have choices. This Friday, April 7th, all underclassmen will meet with their advisors following school meeting to select classes for the 2017-2018 school year. Our mission as a school is to cultivate global citizens, and one of the ways we fulfill our mission is to have the entire academic curriculum centered around providing a global perspective to our students. Courses such as World Literature and Composition in English or Issues in History: Religion in the World Today extend the scope of coursework beyond the skills necessary to be successful at each level to include a growing awareness of world history, values, beliefs, and complex relationships.
Students that are entering their junior year will consider the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
, or perhaps, rather than pursuing the full IB, a student may elect to take a few IB courses in subject areas of the most interest to them. Students work closely with their advisor, a faculty member that knows them well, and Director of Studies Mr. Fisk to make sure their course selection is appropriate and well-balanced.
Each semester and year, course selection differs slightly. Some courses are offered that were not offered earlier in the year, and new courses are added. We are excited about three new additions to the academic curriculum this year.
Over the summer, New Hampton School will refurbish an outdated ceramics studio, and the Art department is thrilled to offer an introductory Ceramics course for the 2017-2018 school year. A group of students gained valuable experience and built some important partnerships earlier this winter on an Exploring the Art of Clay project week trip. The course will focus on both functional and sculptural ceramics, while drawing on historical and contemporary trends.
The art department will also offer the new course Installation Art. The course fuses several artistic mediums including drawing, sculpture, upcycling, environmental art, video and more into a group project focused class. Students will collaborate to conceive and install specific projects build over the course of several weeks with a focus on technical skill and conceptual foundation.
A third new course next year is Issues in History: America Woman. The course will enrich understanding of the topics and issues of women in history leading to contemporary American society. Diverse approaches to activism on behalf of women will be investigated so that students will be aware of varying perspectives and solutions to challenges facing women in today's society.
New course additions each year enhance an already robust curriculum. Courses that are returning to the curriculum from prior years include Applied Physics
and AP Calculus
. The full curriculum guide is available on the Academics Overview
page of our website. Questions regarding course selection and the academic curriculum can be directed to Director of Studies Matt Fisk.