Student Experience

Academics

My favorite thing about Besant Hill School is that whenever you need help with any aspect of school, teachers are there for you. Whether its academic, artistic or social, a teacher will take the time to listen and help to give you guidance. I love that all my teachers know who I am - my strengths and weaknesses - so when I need them and their guidance it is personal and not just some pat answer.”Ana Ming Bostwick-Singer '12
Taking apart a motorcycle in Physics Class.
Taking apart a motorcycle in Physics Class. 

Learn How to Think, Not What to Think

 

Stretch Your Brain

Socrates, an ancient Greek philosopher, believed knowledge was generated by a group of people asking questions and finding answers together. Today, we call this style of hands-on learning and teaching the “Socratic Method.” At Besant Hill, we know your curiosity is motivated by dialogue and active participation in classes that challenge your intellectual creativity and passion. Our teachers facilitate discussion, rather than lecture, and encourage divergent thinking, in which there is never just one right answer but many answers. In the end, you will be a big-picture thinker, someone who can synthesize, solve problems, and help others find meaning.

With Teachers that Get It

Your teachers know what it is like to be a student here. Many are alums, and several have been here more than twenty years; they love living in such a spectacular place and teaching students who want to be active creators of their own learning experience. With an average class size of 10 students, teachers get to know you and appreciate your individual learning style. While they work to foster your creativity and self-expression, they are prepared to bring you through demanding college-preparatory courses. Your teachers here know how to use multi-level instruction for a variety of learners. No matter what path you take to understand a concept, your teacher knows where you are going.

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