The Private School Primer
What makes a high school right for your young student? Great academics? A moral foundation? Terrific arts? Competitive athletics? Here are the traits that distinguish each from the other.
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Just how different is The New School? Well, the founder answers to the students, the ones who really run the administration, finances, discipline—even the building, a converted farmhouse. Founder Melanie Hiner describes the curriculum as “student-directed, question-based, with an emphasis on rigorous thought, articulate expression and virtuous action.” A student’s schedule might include traditional subjects like biology, geology or Spanish as well as topics like farm project, blacksmithing and alternative building construction. Study might take place independently or in small groups, partnering with University of Delaware professors, business people, artisans or other experts in their fields.
Principal Cindy Mann says that Catholic, all-female Padua Academy is “all about empowering and inspiring students to reach their goals,” but it also hopes to broaden the horizon for the types of goals and careers their students consider. A new student entrepreneurship program, for example, seeks to get the girls “thinking not in terms of being middle managers but of being CEOs or starting their own businesses.” A new technology course and CISCO certification program are designed to give girls “a taste of the field of technology” to encourage them to enter engineering and technology fields.
Red Lion Christian Academy
Faculty and administration at Red Lion Christian expect students to strive for excellence in everything they do—academics, athletics, the arts and social activities, says principal Cathy Swalm, “because we believe that is what God wants us to do.” A new student support resource program at the school is allowing teachers to better address the needs of struggling students, as well as those who are gifted and talented. The school is also adding AP classes and dual-credit classes that can be taken online or through Delaware Technical and Community College.
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