A Message from the Head of School
Welcome to our website! I hope you will discover why Besant Hill School is so special and worth "a look" as you search for your next school.
We believe in thinking differently. Our learning community embodies many aspects of the individuals who helped to lay the foundation for our school. The school subscribes to no particular philosophy but is one unto itself drawn from the ideas of our founders. We believe that education in this country needs to be changed for a new generation of students that need to be prepared for an ever-changing world. We believe that intellectual curiosity, not competition for grades, should be the motivating factor in the educational process. We believe in educating the whole student, or as Annie Besant put it, "...an educational center that would nurture spiritual, artistic and intellectual growth as well as physical and mental well-being." We believe that classes should be interactive and Socratic, not lecture based, so that divergent thinking and creativity are encouraged. We believe that a small school of approximately one hundred students is essential to the meaningful relationships that exist in our community relationships that will last a lifetime. We believe that focusing on developing each student's intellectual and artistic abilities is essential to a holistic education. We believe that the visual and performing arts are an integral part, and will always be a focus of a student's experience here. We believe in having a diverse school with students from many parts of the globe so that cultures can be shared, appreciated and understood. We believe in teaching students how to think, not what to think, so when they leave here, they can change the world.
We believe that our school is a unique educational community unlike any other that you will learn about. We believe we are a model for the way education should occur, where our campus is a working classroom for achieving a sustainable planet, and where rules are replaced with the values and principles that make our school unique. And finally, we believe that enrolling at Besant Hill isn't about finding yourself it is about creating yourself.
As you begin to think about your future and selecting a school, I am certain that you will find a community that is right for you. Slowly and carefully consider this decision, as it will probably be one of the most important ones that you will make during this time in your life. Don't forget to ask hard questions, and analyze all of your options carefully.
After you explore our website, please take the time to see our school in action. I know that your visit will be worthwhile and helpful as you consider your next step. I guarantee that of all the schools you visit, Besant Hill will feel and look different. If you are looking for a school that honors the individual and expects collaboration among classes in a rich college-prep environment, and most importantly one that believes in you, then Besant Hill needs to be on your itinerary. I look forward to seeing you on campus and talking about how our school can help get you on your way to changing the world!
Randy R. Bertin
Head of School