Academics

Overview

Implicit in Solebury’s philosophy is our goal to engage and excite kids about learning. We want students turned on by ideas, committed to their passions, and encouraged by teachers. When this happens in the classroom, all sorts of opportunities open up for students, not the least of which is access to the most competitive colleges.

Solebury’s curriculum is academically demanding, has incredible breadth, and addresses the different needs and abilities of our students in creative and innovative ways. Our approach to academics is rigorous, but it's also caring and supportive.

We have an unusual depth of opportunity for academically talented students here. Students can choose from the two dozen Honors and AP courses, develop Independent Studies, and ultimately even pursue a Senior Project. In addition, we also have about one hundred demanding and challenging trimester and full-year courses that are uncommon at the high school level (for descriptions of all our classes, please see the “Academic Bulletin” under the Academic section).

Our small size is an important factor in creating an environment in which academic excellence is prized and possible for a wide range of students. With a faculty/student ratio of one to six and an average class size of eleven, our teachers have time to learn the best way to reach each student. We believe this closeness makes students more willing to work because they are known as individuals rather than a nameless face in a crowd of students. At Solebury, excellence is demanded and the means is provided to achieve it.


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