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Skills Based Curriculum

Essential Skills for 21st Century Education
Creativity, Cultural Competency, Collaborative Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Ethical Decision Making, Effective Communication, and Leadership 
At The Hun School, our courses are taught differently. Our teachers focus more intently on skill development and student engagement than on simply conferring information. They do this because they have a shared belief that developing important skills and abilities in their students is more valuable than ensuring rote memorization; and that students who are excited about what they are learning are more apt to try harder and delve deeper. Therefore, whether a Hun School student is taking Arabic, Bioethics, Engineering Design, or Multivariable Calculus, they will examine the principles of that course while developing Creativity, Cultural Competency, Collaborative Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Ethical Decision Making, Effective Communication, and Leadership Skills.
“Today, because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. The capacity to innovate — the ability to solve problems creatively or bring new possibilities to life — and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge."
 
Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Students will learn to think on their feet, approach problems and projects creatively, and be innovative beyond traditionally creative disciplines. They will learn adaptability. All students will take courses that are interdisciplinary in nature.   
Creativity Spotlight
Students in English 3 create and design a Hero Map which explores Chris McCandless's physical and spiritual journey based on his portrayal in Into the Wild.  Students use Joseph Campbell's 17 stages of the Hero Cycle to guide them. 


Beyond rote memorization, students at The Hun School will practice and hone critical thinking skills in all courses. In the information age, the memorization of facts and figures becomes less important, while the ability to evaluate, synthesize, and apply ideas are increasingly so.
Critical Thinking Spotlight
Students in the Entrepreneurial Studies Class complete a mock power outage restoration and business damage assessment to a hypothetical town.  Students must think through how a power outage would affect the businesses and what solutions are to the problems they anticipate.  
Students learn to work in groups to solve problems, early during their time at The Hun School.  They learn to build effective teams and draw on multiple skills and strengths to complete projects, embracing the idea that the collective mind is stronger than the individual mind.  
Collaborative Problem Solving
Middle School students in Allan Arp’s Art in Design class build boats. After weeks of working on the boats, students set sail on Stony Brook, on the edge of campus, and enjoyed the fruits of their labor. Work on the boats began weeks before their maiden voyage. While operating in collaborative teams, each student created a maquette and presented it to their teammates, hoping the group would choose their idea for the creative, hands-on building process. The students then built their boats using four layers of heavy duty cardboard, a skin made out of maritime-grade fabric, several coats of paint, and water-proof resin epoxy. Read More
Cultural competency is a skill that goes beyond an appreciation of other cultures.  At The Hun School we seek to ensure that all members of our community have the opportunity to interact and work with individuals from other cultures and participate in experiences designed to immerse them in a culture different from their own.  In our ever-shrinking world, cultural competency skills are essential for success.  
Cultural Competency Spotlight
Students in Human Rights participated in a Polycom Communications experiential learning program to connect with a former child soldier from Sierra Leone.  The program, Live from Sierra Leone, explored the complex situations of children caught up in conflict.  “When we read and discussed the issue of child soldiers in class, the students were engaging intellectually with the topic, but the experience of actually speaking with a survivor was transformative,” said faculty member Dr. Gillin. “It made the issue personal.” Read More
Our School motto is Quaerite Scientiam at Honorem, which means to Seek Knowledge with Honor. Students learn to navigate the decision making process by examining multiple influencers and complex ethical considerations. They will hone their moral compass in a variety of disciplines and situations. Character education at Hun culminates with mastery of this important life skill.
Ethical Decision Making Spotlight
Students in Biology consider the use of stem cells for organ donations and transplants. Students research and write a persuasive letter answering "Should the Federal Government fund embryonic stem cell research?" Whatever their position is, they must use science and reason to articulate their argument.
Effective communication is taught and encouraged throughout our curriculum. It begins with active listening, organized and articulate discussion, and continues with higher-level presentations skills and persuasive argument.
Effective Communication Spotlight
College athletes should be paid for playing. Vaccines should be mandated for children in the United States. Animal testing should be outlawed. Controversial topics? Yes, but Hun students in teacher Alex Soudah’s ninth grade World Studies and tenth grade U.S. History classes are not afraid to grapple with them. And they do so in the tradition of the Abraham Lincoln-Steven Douglas senatorial debates. Every year, Mr. Soudah’s students formulate a list of resolutions, choose the affirmative or negative, and have it out in a 14-minute face-off in which they exercise their critical thinking and oral communications skills. Read More
Students learn to have a responsibility to something beyond themselves, beyond their self-interest. Students develop skills required to listen, build consensus, organize, and motivate a group.
Leadership Spotlight
Fifteen female students from The Hun School, traveled to New York City to participate in the Women in the World Summit. The girls, participating in the Bonacci Girls’ Leadership Program at The Hun School, began their adventure with an intimate dinner and discussion with a select group of Hun School alumnae. The trip to New York is part of a yearlong series that includes multiple educational leadership opportunities for the girls participating in the Bonacci Program. The goal of the Bonacci Girls’ Leadership Program is to provide skills, perspectives, and experiences that both inspire and support Hun School girls and their potential as leaders. Read More
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.

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