Dear Prospective Students and Parents,
The term college prep is probably a familiar one you’ve most likely heard when researching private or independent schools with challenging academic programs
and impressive lists of college matriculations
. While Tower Hill certainly fits this description, it might better be described as college-like. The opportunities our Upper School students experience are in many cases more similar to those found at the college level than in a typical high school. Among these include:
First and foremost, a varied and challenging course of study
that is grounded in a fundamental liberal arts curriculum and is augmented by creative and contemporary elective courses that are not only college-like in their rigor, but also in their diversity. In place of AP courses, Tower Hill offers advanced and accelerated courses
designed by faculty which better accomplish our educational aims and prepare students for the kind of in-depth self-directed learning that is expected at the college level.
Our annual Forum lecture series
, which exposes our students each year to prominent speakers ranging from politicians and community leaders, to authors, university professors and more. This program mirrors the type of public affairs symposia found at many colleges and universities.
Outstanding facilities that create an optimal learning environment.
In particular, our newly constructed Math and Science center
and our renovated athletic facilities rival those of many colleges, let alone fellow high schools.
An Advisory program that fosters honest relationships between students and teachers, and which offers meaningful opportunities for active citizenship, leadership and cooperative group experience. Advisory serves as a forum for the sharing of ideas relevant to school life, team building and service to school.
This college-like atmosphere helps us achieve our most important goal: crafting a high school educational experience which seeks not merely to fashion glitzy college applications, but to foster an environment that shapes leaders, bolsters moral values, and balances good ol’ hard work with a healthy, optimistic and fun outlook. It is a philosophy that encourages students to maximize their potential in all areas of life. The true benefit of a Tower Hill education is not realized in mid-March of the senior year, but throughout a lifetime.
Daniel E. Hickey, Ed.D.
Head of Upper School