Prep's educational mission is broad: The whole student is the subject. In contrast to the scope of this mission, however, Prep's courses are thematic and focused to facilitate deep investigations of self and world and the meaningful generation/acquisition of knowledge. Teachers and departments have autonomy in curriculum design. The small classes are heterogeneously grouped by ability and age and include special needs students, allowing for a student-centered pedagogy and the discovery of multiple intelligences. Prep teaching embodies the conviction that work is the basic medium of self-actualization and discovery. Self-reflection and revision are essential work habits, and primacy is placed on multiple drafts and critique.
Finally, Humanities Prep uses performance based assessment tasks (PBATs) as graduation requirements. Students (unless they are transfer students who have already successfully taken the Regents exams in Science, Math and Social Studies) must write and present PBATs in English, Social Studies, Math and Science. PBAT rubrics used to evaluate student PBATS can be found in the department folders below.
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