Teaching & Learning
We are excited to return to the academic model which we feel best serves our students: in-person teaching in 80-minute periods which meet every other day.
The keystones of our academic program lie in the relationships between students and adults, and in our belief that students should have access to abundant choices while maintaining a healthy balance in their life. Our daily schedule facilitates both of those keystones. This model provides ample opportunity for students to meet with their teachers one-on-one and dedicates specific times for students to enroll in two (or more) Arts classes. Most days end with a conference period during which students may meet with their teachers or advisor for help or guidance. With extended class periods on alternating days, students can focus on diving deep into their subjects instead of spreading themselves thin. Each night, students may have homework in only two or three classes so that they can devote thoughtful and meaningful time to each.
Our faculty and staff are eager to work with students in-person again as we prepare for the fall of 2021. Be sure that your family has completed all of the registration requirements in preparation for the 2021-22 school year.
Going forward into the 2021-22 year and beyond, it is our intention to return to being primarily an in-person school. While the infrastructure for remote learning will remain in place, remote participation will not be available on-demand as it was last school year. Our faculty will return to campus to teach and if a faculty member must miss a class meeting, substitute teachers will keep in-person learning going in the classroom. If a student needs to be placed on a medical leave or has a medical issue that will cause them to be absent for more than two weeks, a family may petition to have their child engage in classes virtually.
For a personal health concern relating to COVID, students who are out for two weeks or less will work with Rick Tony, Director of Studies, the student’s advisor, and their teachers to develop an individualized plan for learning. If international travel restrictions prevent a student from coming to campus, the student may engage in classes virtually without going through the petition process. We will contact each such student individually to help in this process. If environmental conditions or governmental regulations require Solebury School to switch to remote or hybrid education, we will do so. If you have questions, please contact Rick Tony for more information.