Hun School Launches a First-of-its-Kind Immersion Learning Curriculum
For three weeks this spring, Hun freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will participate in a ground-breaking immersion learning experience designed to offer a deep exploration of real-world topics. Beginning May 15th, 400 students will take a three-week mini-course that will take them out of the classroom and into the origin of an event, problem, or theory (in places like Arizona, Montana, Washington, D.C., Memphis, France, and Ghana.)
Four, soon-to-be Hun School graduates, committed to stand-out collegiate athletic programs this week, including Eric Fleming who signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at The College of St. Rose. The student athletes were lauded by their families, coaches, and classmates who turned out for a ceremony in Russell Lounge before classes on Thursday. They join a group that now includes twenty-four members of the senior class.
Whether studying for a physics exam or looking to perfect a paper for English class, Hun boarders have teacher support on weekday evenings. Dorm parents are available informally, but there are also a team of teachers who participate in a program called Resident Coaching.
Neuroscience research suggests that a good chuckle activates long-term memory and stimulates students’ sense of wonder. Physics teacher Auriana Johnson recently tested that theory with her students during an activity designed to assess their understanding of circular motion, net force, acceleration, and speed.
If you could teach your dream course, what would it be? It was the missive put forth by Ryan Hews, head of the upper school, when he joined the Hun School in 2010. It was that radical thinking that sparked the idea for Entrepreneurial Studies, the brainchild of teacher Dana Radanovic. “I thought, how great would it be to take students through that process of creating, and running, a business?,” says Mrs. Radanovic. “This opportunity gives students an experience so far outside the classroom. They learn by doing, by creating something from start to finish. What better way to learn is there?”
Sports aren’t about winning and losing for Tracey Arndt, The Hun School’s new co-director of athletics. Instead, she sees them as integral to a holistic, well-rounded student experience. “The student-athlete experience at The Hun School is about so much more than having a sport to play," says Mrs. Arndt. "It is about creating a culture of success both on and off the field, where the student athlete can cultivate positive physical, social, and mental habits that can carry over into all aspects of his or her life."
Call it happenstance, kismet, or just a coincidence, but Charles Vollmer, M.D. ’85, Cimarron Sharon, M.D. ’09, and Joseph Savino, M.D. are all colleagues at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, but they also have something else in common: The Hun School.
A first-ever Mercer County Tournament (MCT) title for the Hun girls swim team and an astonishing sixth consecutive MCT title for the boys’ ice hockey team. A state championship in foil for Hun fencer Anna Marie Heiser ’21 and a 1000-point milestone for Hun basketball player Jada Jones.
Ajay Vasisht '16 uses music to connect with others. Now a junior at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the a capella group, Penn Masala, Mr. Vasisht and his fellow performers are also using their voices to speak up about mental illness. “There is huge pressure in the South Asian community to achieve. Many of us are first-generation and we are expected to perform. When we’re struggling, we think it’s better to hide it than open up to our friends and families.
Elizabeth Ji ’21 poses with the mixed-media art work she created in The Hun Middle School to observe Black History Month and be part of the #blackhistorydoorchallenge, in which students across the country are decorating their doors to mark the month of February. Elizabeth, a boarding student, creates bulletin boards and murals all over campus, and plans to be a children’s book illustrator one day. She did the piece with the help of fellow boarders, Angel Truong ’21 and Kathy Wang ’21.
Spoken word poet Sarah Kay visited The Hun School on February 13 for a performance and Q&A session with sophomores and seniors at the John Andrew Saks ’31 Auditorium. Ms. Kay was welcomed to campus as part of the Centennial Speaker Series designed to provoke thought and stretch understanding of real-world topics and issues. Ms. Kay, who has performed and taught poetry in 30 countries, was a speaker at TED Talks and her video has been viewed over 11 million times.
While college and university admission decisions will continue until May, as of February 1st, 84% of Hun School seniors already had at least one acceptance in hand.
Early decision and early action programs provide students with the opportunity to apply and receive admission decisions ahead of the pack. Director of College Counseling Radha Mishra reports that more and more Raiders are taking that early leap.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.