The Freshman Seminar equips students with the dispositions, skills, and knowledge that set them up for success in our upper school, college, and life.
Through a year-long class within the English department, students gain an awareness of upper school expectations and an understanding of how to meet them. They also strengthen organizational skills and develop strategies that will help them thrive, such as those for managing time and stress and avoiding perfectionism. The course promotes habits of mind that enable students to face challenges, bounce back from setbacks, and learn from failure, in the process developing resilience, confidence, and growth mindsets.
The Freshman Seminar is grounded in our five pillars. Units on critical thinking, media literacy and digital citizenship, public speaking, civics, finding your passions, respecting our differences and serving our communities, and college counseling distill our pillars and extend them into the classroom. Students
- Grasp the role of inquiry and critical thinking in scholarship,
- Engage in civil discourse and gain respect for different perspectives,
- Expand their understanding of our pillar of integrity,
- Cultivate the courage to embrace challenges,
- Reflect on the importance of community and appreciate diversity.