Middle and High School Academic Program
The Ashton School middle and high school curriculum is rigorously college preparatory with highly developed requirements in all academic areas. The academic program is well developed and broad in scope, offering English and Spanish courses, as well as dual language math and science in grades 9th through 12th.The Ashton middle school offers a rigorous program that focuses on Math, Science, English, and Spanish. The high school program includes electives across all disciplines with Honors Math offerings in year 2012-2013.
Recognizing that participation in the arts and physical education has a direct, positive impact on students’ academic work, the Ashton curriculum is one of few schools in the country with swimming (through grade 8 ) and art classes (through grade 12) as a requirement for all students.
The Ashton’s co-curricular programs include an ambitious character education program, a community service learning program, and a highly-developed interscholastic athletic program. The school also supports the need for ongoing growth and challenges for its students through a number of special programs including: independent study, senior projects for the 2012-2013 school year, model United Nations, academic fairs and others.
Programs extend themselves to include foreign language acquisition and French is offered to students in the 6th to 12th grades. Technology is readily available at the Ashton school. Each classroom is equipped with a computer, LCD projectors, Mimio boards which are shared among departments and teachers manage student progress using Engrade (an on-line grade book for parent-student-teacher access).
Ashton’s s school-culture and community are defined by progressive thought and action, intellectual curiosity, a multicultural and community-involved population. A wide range of leadership and academic activities are available to students, some of which are drama club, student council, National Honor Society, and Model United Nations.
Throughout the middle/high school, teachers urge students to explore, take risks and to work hard, as well as to have an active participation in the classroom setting. An average class size of 19 ensures a meaningful relationship between students and teachers.
An innovative and very dynamic professional development environment offers opportunities for growth and improvements in the faculty that is committed to the Ashton School middle and high school academic programs.