Academics at The Hill
Rooted in a strong legacy of liberal arts, our curriculum challenges students with authentic and transformative learning opportunities to ensure they are both prepared for the next step in their academic journey and inspired to be life-long learners and mindful and engaged citizens of the world.
Courses in the Humanities, Classics, History, World Languages, English, Religious Studies, and the Arts provide an excellent liberal arts education rooted in foundational skills and knowledge: thinking critically, writing effectively, speaking forcefully, and solving problems analytically. With this experience, Hill students develop the importance of self-knowledge, individual responsibility, and a duty to others.
With the launch of the Quadrivium Curriculum, The Hill moved away from traditional course sequencing and created new tracks in science and mathematics that emphasize collaboration, interdisciplinary connections, real-world problem solving, scientific design, and core disciplinary ideas. This newly designed curriculum allows students to explore courses in engineering, accelerated and integrated math and science, computer science, technology, digital arts, and electronic media.
Students have seven 45-minute class periods on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. A longer block schedule is followed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, allowing for more in-depth course work. Three 70-minute classes are held on Wednesdays; four 70-minute class periods are held on Thursdays.
A major advantage of attending a boarding school is the availability of faculty and their willingness to provide extra help to students. This program supplements class instruction.
At The Hill School the intent of this program is:
- To encourage a student and support his or her effort
- To promote student/teacher interaction, understanding, and respect
- To improve a student’s understanding and performance in a subject when classroom instruction and student effort have not produced the desired effect
- To help a student catch up on material missed because of illness or because of School-sponsored activities.