These courses are arranged by literary period, author, genre, or theme. Each of these courses emphasizes critical reading and writing skills; frequent writing assignments are the norm. Effective participation in class discussions is also a key component of the students’ obligations.
Courses include Literature of the Hunt, Poetry, and Nature
AP Human Geography
This course is designed to examine elements of the economic, social, and cultural geography of the world. We will explore demographic trends, migration, languages, religious and cultural diffusion, patterns of agriculture, urbanization, and territorial organization, and how these concepts affect human activity. Emphasis is placed upon examining development as it relates to economics, culture, population control, and resources. Students will be introduced to Geographical Information Systems during the year. The course is designed to prepare students for the AP Human Geography exam. They are expected to take that exam and complete a research paper.
AP Comparative Government and Politics
This semester course explores why countries vary in their domestic political institutions, in the political behavior of their citizens and elite, in their public politics, and in their political economy. The course emphasizes certain themes, including globalization, democratization, political change, public policy, and citizen-state relations. The six core countries studied are Britain, China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia. This course prepares students for the AP Government and Politics examination, and on completing this course, students will take the AP exam.
Humans & Water Lecture Series and Symposium
It is widely acknowledged that the quantity, quality and distribution of fresh water have grown into a global water crisis. The United Nations has labeled access to water a "human right", while the Fifth World Water Forum has called it a "basic human need". The Humans and Water Lecture Series assumes that water is an inherently interdisciplinary issue. This Lecture Series is designed to provide a framework of learning that addresses the issue of water through the discipline-specific training of each course that bears the water symbol, up to five common pillar-lectures by experts that offer distinct disciplinary lenses to this common theme, and a collaborative, interdisciplinary symposium at the end of the school year. The lectures may range from the statistics of water, to water technology, to the ethics of water distribution, to the politics of water conflicts. The expected critical thinking skills will be the ability to read data and place it in context, the ability to gain terminology and understand the assumptions behind claims, the ability to weigh and judge claims as policymakers and as citizens, and the impact of technology on water. At the end of the year, students will undertake a multidisciplinary and team approach to a case study in a culminating joint symposium.
Hotchkiss Summer Portals
The Hotchkiss Summer Environmental Science (SES) program, for students from ages 12 to 15, cultivates in its participants a knowledge of environmental science, provides an immersion in the natural world, and encourages them to become stewards of those resources on a local, regional, national, and global level. Learn all about the program here.