Time and time again, young alumni will stop by campus to visit and tell us all of the wonderful things that they are doing—we’ll hear stories of the various courses they’re taking or jobs that they’re embarking upon, and it always gives me a sense of satisfaction. Even more gratifying is when they tell us how well prepared they are for their current undertakings because of their experience in the Upper School at Heathwood. This, after all, is the goal of our academic program: to inspire our students to explore their academic passions and to provide them with the tools and habits that they need to excel.
Our academic program has three key elements that distinguish it from other programs:
- A challenging and supportive educational experience that provides an excellent foundation for college.
- Occasions for deep analysis and scholarship—for not simply absorbing knowledge but also contributing to it.
- Opportunities for exploring new interests and passions.
We provide these elements through a careful sequencing of core classes, a rich selection of electives and AP courses, an outstanding faculty (the most honored independent school faculty in the state), and a number of signature programs, most notably our Senior Exhibition capstone research project (modeled after a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation process) and our Winterim program, an immersive, experiential learning program that transforms the world into our classroom.
In addition to the strength of our program and people, small class sizes, advisory and college counselling programs allow each student to gain a facility with working with adults and the support that they need to be successful. Small class sizes, for example, allow our writing teachers to give ample writing assignments, offer substantive feedback and spend time conferencing with students—perhaps that’s why so many of our graduates share with us the many positive comments they receive about their writing. Our small size likewise allows each member of our honors science research program to have a designated teacher mentor to guide him or her through the research process. From course selection to college selection, Heathwood students have a community of adults who know them and who support them all along the way.
I invite you to explore our curriculum guide, follow our student’s achievement in the arts, sciences, and humanities, and to visit our campus if you’re interested in learning more about whether your child would benefit from the challenge and nurture of a Heathwood education that helps each student reach his or her full potential.
George S. Scouten, Ph.D.
Head of Upper School