Hawken takes its promises seriously. Our commitment to prepare students to “navigate a complex and dynamic world with self confidence and determination; embrace challenges with disciplined analysis and creativity; and engage others with empathy and integrity” goes beyond college preparation. One of the hallmarks of the Upper School experience is found in the way engaged and caring teachers and administrators work collaboratively to provide an environment where rigorous college preparation is just the starting point. The Hawken commitment is preparation for life. Through unique course structure, opportunities for independent research, and experiential learning experiences, the commitment expands to provide students with the practical skills, self knowledge and purpose they will need to become citizens of substance and character.
The Upper School’s distinctive curriculum offers both core courses and elective opportunities where students can chose independent work from academics, athletics, the arts and service. Outside learning opportunities are varied and include the experiential campus at University Circle, a full menu of extra-curricular activities, and the community building House System. Our unique class schedule combines traditional learning periods with those of varying length, to allow more intensive study and multiple approaches to learning. Free time is built into all schedules to allow students the chance to conduct independent research, conference with teachers, or simply reflect. Hawken teaches students to embrace the intrinsic value of learning – not just the rote attainment of knowledge. We do this by providing everyday opportunities for student inquiry, analysis and experimentation. We believe that the development of these skills will best equip our students for the future.
We also believe it will make our communities, and our world a better place.