The Hotchkiss School is committed to cultivating curiosity, excellence, and creativity.
Our students learn how to take risks, fail, persist, and succeed. The average class size is 11, and the learning environment is interactive and inclusive. In every class, students share their opinions. They speak up. They disagree. They learn from their teachers — and from one another.
With more than 200 courses in seven departments, our academic program offers a breadth and depth of study most students will not experience until college. Guided by thoughtful, engaged instructors, Hotchkiss students push themselves intellectually and form deep bonds with their classmates — whether they’re discussing environmental issues, examining global trends, or analyzing literature.
Hotchkiss students develop clarity of thought, confidence and facility in expressing ideas, and artistic and aesthetic sensitivity. Our graduates leave Hotchkiss with a commitment to public service and environmental stewardship, informed by a greater understanding of themselves and their role in a global society.
Writing at Hotchkiss
Since Hotchkiss’s founding days, writing has been an essential part of the curriculum. At every grade level, in every discipline, instructors instill in students the importance of writing with clarity and precision. Students learn how to harness the power of language to craft arguments and express a point of view — whether they're presenting conclusions in a lab report or analyzing a work of literature — and they leave Hotchkiss with the ability to write clear, comprehensible prose.
Preps normally carry the following six-credit load, which may include:
- Humanities (three credits) - Options include English Prep Humanities, History Prep Humanities - History, Philosophy & Religion Prep Humanities, and Art Prep Humanities.
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- A classical or modern language (one credit)
- Math (one credit)
- Science Prep Science Core (one credit)
- Human Development Prep Seminar, a once-weekly, not-for-credit course.
Lower mids normally carry the following six-credit load, which may include: