College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

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Curriculum

To prepare for life and leadership in a world that won’t stand still, the Holton curriculum is flexible, nimble, and interdisciplinary.

Because Holton is an independent school, faculty are free to be truly independent—never teaching to the test, shaping their lessons in response to current events, and collaborating with teachers in other departments to offer courses that mirror how the world actually works.

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Curriculum

Over the past several years, Holton has developed and implemented a curriculum that eventually will cover grades 3-12 that we call Seminar. For the 2020-2021 school year grades 3 through 5 and 7 through 10 will take Seminar.

In a developmentally appropriate, spiraling curriculum, Seminar addresses our school-wide Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well Goals:

GOAL 1 - PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH

We evaluate and care for our physical, mental, and emotional health.

GOAL 2 - SELF KNOWLEDGE AND IDENTITY

We know the dimensions of our own identity and how it intersects with the identity of others.

GOAL 3 - OPEN-MINDEDNESS AND PERSPECTIVE TAKING

We embrace diverse perspectives.

GOAL 4 - COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION

We connect across differences, develop healthy relationships, and collaborate with one another.

GOAL 5 - CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKING

We use critical thinking skills to creatively solve problems.

GOAL 6 - CURIOSITY AND DISCERNMENT

We cultivate curiosity, leverage knowledge, and exercise discernment.

GOAL 7 - LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

We investigate the world and engage actively with local, national, and global communities.

GOAL 8 - SOCIAL JUSTICE

We lead with empathy, courage, and integrity to promote social justice.



LW3 in Action

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LW3 CLASSROOM SPOTLIGHT: Performing Arts

Breath is vital to our existence. It is a staple for our living, a source of connection, and a vital part of our inspiration. The very word “inspire” means “to inhale.” So one could argue that the very means of inspiration comes to us through our breath. Through the taking in of the world around us through the very air we breathe and allowing that to affect and change us. We cannot live without breath. We cannot learn without breath. And we cannot effect change in others; to lead them to new ways of thinking, feeling, or being, without breath. 

LW3 CORNER: Taking Action for Positive Change - Highlights from Holton's Community Engagement Program

Amidst the pandemic, Holton has continued to work hard to help students develop a deeper understanding of local, national, and global issues and examine the impact of their actions—both through classroom and co-curricular work—and our students have risen to the challenge. Below, we highlight a few of the opportunities that the School has provided this year to help students continue engaging with, partnering with, and learning from our local community.

LW3 Math Image

At its very core, math is play—play with ideas, shapes, structures, numbers. When one is playing, she is fully absorbed in it, connected to her mates, invested in the outcome, communicating, collaborating, working hard with purpose and persistence, and learning from her mistakes how to move forward.

Support

Our Student Centered Support Team was formed two years ago in response to our AIMS accreditation review, the Independent School Health Check survey, and our work with consultant and child development expert Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, and ultimately in support of the School’s “Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well” (LW3) philosophy. The department—which houses the Divisional Guidance Counselors, Learning Specialists, and School Nurse—provides assistance and guidance to all students enrolled at Holton.