Immersive experiences that support meaningful, authentic learning opportunities are not possible during the traditional 45-minute period that characterizes most school schedules. Focusing on a single topic for five days a week, seven hours a day enables students to develop the much-needed skills of knowledge creation, collaboration, and problem-solving. At the same time, they strengthen character traits of empathy, resilience, and confidence that are so necessary to thriving in today’s world.
Intensive classes are held during the final three weeks of each semester: the weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break and the final three weeks of the school year. This gives teachers and students three weeks of uninterrupted time to delve into their subject matter without the distractions and interruptions that occur in a typical school schedule.
The Intensive format allows in-depth, immersive learning to take place in a variety of locations: from Hawken’s main campus to locations throughout the city of Cleveland to places around the globe
All students in grades 9 through 12 enroll in an Intensive at the end of every semester. By the time they graduate, each student will have had eight Intensive experiences.
In the ninth grade, Intensives are part of the core curriculum. As students progress through Upper School, they have a greater degree of choice with regard to their Intensive, ranking them in order of preference. Some intensive classes are required, some are restricted to certain grades, and some involve a special application and selection process.