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Middle School Messing Around


Nurturing hearts, minds, & spirits

The Middle School at Heathwood Hall focuses on helping students recognize and develop the academic, emotional, and social skills that are vital to their future endeavors inside and outside of the classroom.  A huge part of that development is allowing students more space to choose, to find the areas (academic and otherwise) that spark their passion and make for meaningful, deep experiences that shape the hearts and minds of young scholars. 

With programs like the Executive Design project, a long-term assignment that groups students and tasks them with creating a detailed plan for a business (a school, a restaurant, or a summer camp), Middle School teachers provide opportunities to expand and sharpen executive functioning skills in the context of creativity and self-direction.  The Clubs lineup also provides a broad range of experiences so that students can opt for and learn about various activities without the pressure of assessment or an onerous time commitment. 

Middle School students are maturing physically and mentally, and the Mindful in the Hall initiative provides guidance so that students can focus on being in the moment, coping with and overcoming the stress that accompanies the radical changes which every middle schooler experiences. 




Honors Science and Research: Independent Exploration

The Honors Science and Research program is designed to challenge students academically and provide authentic laboratory experiences that prepare them for future success in the sciences. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who meet specific academic prerequisites and have both an interest and aptitude for science, may choose to participate in the program. The Honors Science courses challenge students with a faster pace of instruction, a larger volume of content, and increased performance expectations.

Students participating in the program must design, implement, and analyze results from an independent experimental research project. They write up their work in a formal scientific report and present it publicly in two different forums. The first presentation is to the Heathwood community during the annual Honors Science Research Symposium. Students also present and compete at the Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS).

Honors Science students meet twice a week in an Honors Research Course that provides instruction and support for their independent research requirement.

Throughout this program students are challenged to excel in the classroom and the laboratory. This combination of theory and practice is powerful in preparing students for success in Advanced Placement (AP) and college science courses. More importantly, this approach is designed to ignite a life-long love of the sciences that may lead to an eventual career in the field.

Student Research 

Heathwood Honors Science students gain valuable experience each year taking part in the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS) Annual Meeting. Their projects compete in one of thirteen categories: Biochemistry, Botany, Cell/Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Consumer Affairs, Engineering, Math and Computer Science, Microbiology, Physics, Physiology & Health, Psychology &Sociology, or Zoology.

Symposium Schedule


Visual Art Concentration (VAC) Diploma Distinction

The Visual Art Concentration continues Heathwood Hall’s long tradition of knowing each student and encouraging and recognizing the dedicated pursuit of excellence in each student’s areas of interest and passion. VAC students fulfill all of Heathwood Hall’s normal graduation requirements, but with increased Visual Art requirements and dedicated art-making time outside of class.

VAC requirements include:

  • Additional Art Studio Classes, plus Art History
  • Minimum hours of Art Studio work outside of class meetings, at least half on campus
  • Winterim Internship as an Apprentice to a Relevant Artist
  • Art-themed Senior Exhibition Project (year-long research project with committee)
  • Ambitous Art Exhibition during Spring Semester of Senior Year

Minimum Art Studio hours logged outside of class meetings:

  • 120 hours each academic year for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors (approximately 4 hours per full school week)
  • Up to 60 hours of each academic year may be logged off-campus;  at least 60 hours must be logged on-campus


Ideally, students enter the VAC as Freshmen. Sophomores and beginning Juniors may enter as long as previous coursework and remaining semesters allow for completion of the requirements. Studio Hours begin at point of entry. VAC students are reviewed regularly and may elect to stop pursuing the VAC at any time.

Upper School Art Faculty: Scotty Peek, peeks@heathwood.org (link sends e-mail)


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Visual Art Concentration (VAC) Diploma Distinction

The Visual Art Concentration continues Heathwood Hall’s long tradition of knowing each student and encouraging and recognizing the dedicated pursuit of excellence in each student’s areas of interest and passion. VAC students fulfill all of Heathwood Hall’s normal graduation requirements, but with increased Visual Art requirements and dedicated art-making time outside of class.

VAC requirements include:

  • Additional Art Studio Classes, plus Art History
  • Minimum hours of Art Studio work outside of class meetings, at least half on campus
  • Winterim Internship as an Apprentice to a Relevant Artist
  • Art-themed Senior Exhibition Project (year-long research project with committee)
  • Ambitous Art Exhibition during Spring Semester of Senior Year

Minimum Art Studio hours logged outside of class meetings:

  • 120 hours each academic year for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors (approximately 4 hours per full school week)
  • Up to 60 hours of each academic year may be logged off-campus;  at least 60 hours must be logged on-campus


Ideally, students enter the VAC as Freshmen. Sophomores and beginning Juniors may enter as long as previous coursework and remaining semesters allow for completion of the requirements. Studio Hours begin at point of entry. VAC students are reviewed regularly and may elect to stop pursuing the VAC at any time.

Upper School Art Faculty: Scotty Peek, peeks@heathwood.org (link sends e-mail)


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Senior Exhibition

Heathwood faculty encourage and respect the academic curiosity and interests of their students at every stage of the Heathwood experience. Seniors in the Upper School take their curiosity to a new level, as they are required to identify one area of deep interest and develop it into a scholarly exhibition. 

Supported by a joint committee of adults and peers, each senior pursues a yearlong scholarly research project resulting in a lengthy research paper (or paper and original product.) The committee is made up of two Heathwood Hall faculty members and an outside expert in the field of the student’s chosen topic.   

In addition to thinking deeply and writing thoroughly about their topic, seniors must also take part in the Senior Symposium, in which they demonstrate mastery of their topic through a public presentation. These presentations are held in an open forum, and the Heathwood Hall community and other interested people are invited to attend. 

Successful completion of the Senior Exhibition is a requirement for graduation and an important step in our students’ life-long journey of learning they will soon continue in college. 


Click here to see the 2018 Senior Exhibition Topics and Schedule.


College Counseling

We know that there exists an exciting world of over 4000 college options across the country, in Canada, and in the UK. We introduce our students and families to as broad a range as we can.

It is our priority to know each young person as a unique individual and guide them in making informed choices in light their aspirations, ability, style, and strengths.

We recognize that the range of college choices available to each student is directly related to their own effort and individual habits of mind. Therefore, we guide students in taking ownership over their high school education and college planning process, knowing that doing so will maximize the college options that will later become available to them.


Process

The college planning process formally begins in the junior year. A combination of meetings, events and online resources enables students and families to engage thoughtfully in the process:

  • Students meet with college counselors one-on one to discuss academic strengths, aspirations, and viable college options.
  • Students use Naviance – an online college planning platform – to manage their search and their applications.
  • Day and evening programs throughout the year are designed to inform juniors and their families of various aspects of the college process and create excitement for the journey that lies ahead.
  • Teachers and advisors communicate regularly with the college counseling staff as they prepare student recommendations.

On a less formal basis, the college counseling office engages freshman and sophomores in developmentally appropriate ways so that they, too, may be inspired to position themselves optimally for a broad range of college options.


Click here to fill out a transcript request form for summer program applications, scholarship applications and college transfers.

Click here to view the 2019-2020 Upper School Profile.


Information for College Representatives

Please read the following announcement regarding COVID-19 precautions.

Thank you for your interest in Heathwood Hall Episcopal School.  Out of concern for the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and all of our potential guests, we have decided to cancel all on-campus, college-rep visits for the fall of 2020, and potentially for the winter/spring of 2021.

We do plan to welcome virtual visits this year, however, and will be announcing that schedule and visit calendar closer to the beginning of the school year.  Please check back in mid-August to set up an appointment, or contact Donnie Bain at dbain@heathwood.org or 803-231-7771.

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