High Mowing offers a rigorous program of study that provides a solid foundation for future academic work. The liberal arts curriculum is presented in a way that promotes engaged and active learning. The curriculum provides a solid base of knowledge while developing the capacities of the whole person. High Mowing seeks to create self-motivated learners who display creativity, insight, and empathy.
The school day begins for every student with a Block class. In Block class, students, by grade, are asked to delve deeply into focused aspects of history, literature, drama, science and mathematics. Each year of the curriculum embodies an underlying theme that helps guide the students through their studies in ways that harmonize with their growth and development. Block class is an essential aspect of the curriculum and an important component of the graduation requirements.
|The Block schedule is arranged as follows:
- Nine different subjects are studied by each grade over the course of a school year, in periods of either three or four weeks.
- Generally, one third of the Block classes focus on the sciences and one third focus on historical subjects.
- The other block classes address literature, drama, and math. (In the senior year there is a greater emphasis on literature, and fewer history blocks.)
The day continues with a series of four track classes, comprised of the usual disciplines: Language Arts, Natural Sciences, History, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, and Performing & Studio Arts.
- Many of the track classes are required courses, especially for underclassmen. An example would be Algebra I and Algebra II, which are required of all students and are taken in a predetermined sequence.
- Other track classes are electives and involve a higher level of knowledge or interest, such as Calculus or World History.
- Academic track classes are a year in length, with a few exceptions. Classes in the Studio and Performing Arts may be taken for one, two or three trimesters in a year.
- Most track classes are offered on either a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule or a Tuesday/Thursday schedule. (Selected track classes, such as introductory level classes in Math and Foreign Languages, meet every day.)
- Four years of track classes are required in the Language Arts, the Natural Sciences, and the Performing & Studio Arts.
- Three years of study are required in Mathematics.
- A minimum of two years of World Language and History study is also required.
- Physical Education courses are offered in a fifth daily track class, also referred to as the afternoon activity period. Three years of PE or team sports are required of all students.
The Course Description Catalog gives detailed information about the courses that are being offered this year. The course selection can change from year to year, depending on student interest and needs.
High Mowing's guidance counselor works with students to make sure that all graduation requirementsare met, as well as to be sure that each student is taking the classes he or she needs to meet any additional college requirements.