Last February we announced that after more than a year's worth of exploration and consultation, we determined that the best way to reach our important academic goals is to move beyond the confines of the Advanced Placement curriculum. With this decision, we lead the way in Rhode Island and will join the growing ranks of excellent independent schools across the country who have done the same.
Moving beyond Advanced Placement means the opportunity to create a new course catalog, one that expands possibilities while still retaining the curricular priorities that we have always been committed to pursuing: fostering critical and creative thinking skills, encouraging authentic collaboration, allowing students the opportunity to discover solutions to problems that do not have easy answers.
Our new course catalog builds upon the strengths of our current program, while capitalizing on the opportunity to innovate across the curriculum and create even more dynamic advanced courses. In the sciences, we have redoubled our focus on inquiry-based learning where mastery of hard science content is a paramount concern, and expanded to offer more interdisciplinary courses like the Philosophy of Science, which asks, "What does it mean for something to be 'real'? Can all of existence be explained by math and science?".
We have implemented new upper-level humanities classes like Spoken Word, Media and Gender, and Peace & Conflict Studies that allow our students to choose from a broad range of topics, requiring them to think about topics from 360 degrees.
We have expanded our offerings in the world of STEAM, implementing new classes in computer science and engineering like Design Theory: Computational Thinking that will be taught in our state-of-the-art STEAM Hub for Girls, breaking ground this June.
Our new offerings explore possibilities for interdisciplinary learning through the development of innovative courses that break down the barriers between academic disciplines and focus on the interconnected nature of knowledge in our world today. Where else can students take classes like the Physics of Machines, which combines science, math, and robotics; or Writing About the Natural World, which challenges participants to blend the vision of science with the emotional power of literature.