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Upper School

Dynamic Private High School in New Jersey

The Hun Upper School is a dynamic and supportive community that inspires scholarship, student participation, and resilient character  on so many levels.

For over 100 years, we have embraced the mission of Dr. John Gale Hun by focusing maximum attention on students' individual needs. We carry forth this tradition with an emphasis on preparing Hun School graduates for a world of constant change.

Traditional courses are taught in a very non-traditional way, with students at the center of it all. Humanities courses take place around a Harkness table. STEM classes are active and hands on. And, all prioritized skill acquisition and experiential learning. Lessons are dynamic, innovative, personal, and un-prescribed.

At Hun, it’s not only the adults who teach, even though we have great teachers. Our students are frequently inspired by one another. Peer groups are powerful influences; therefore, we often facilitate learning among students, and guide them to their own understanding.

Why Choose a Private High School in New Jersey?

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If you're looking for a unique learning environment for your high schooler where they will be encouraged to ask questions, challenge their views and build confidence that will last a lifetime, The Hun School — located in Princeton, NJ — may be just what your student needs. Our unique approach to learning offers many benefits over traditional high school education, including:

What to Expect From the Hun Upper School

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At the Hun Upper School, you will find enriching academic opportunities that are as fun as they are educational. Beyond classes in a traditional classroom setting, we also offer unique programs ranging from world-famous class speakers, an experiential ‘mini-mester’ called NextTerm, travel courses, leadership opportunities, and culture programming. Students will get real-world experience with hands-on learning opportunities. They can also choose to explore their interests through a concentrated field of focus, called the Scholars Program.

Throughout their private high school journey, students will be challenged and encouraged by teachers and faculty who take the time to get to know them personally. Your student will get the help they need to succeed under the guidance of a community of staff members, mentors, and peers.

Our Curriculum

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We offer a wide range of classes and electives at our private Princeton, NJ high school that builds on the education students received during their middle school education. Your student will explore numerous topics and interest areas as they study subjects in departments such as:

  • Computer Technology and Engineering
  • English
  • Health and Wellness
  • History and Global Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Language and Classics
  • Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Visual Arts

All Hun School courses are taught using a skills-based curriculum that develops widely-applicable 21st century leadership skills. Rather than simply conveying content, our teachers focus on the skills necessary in order for our student to be creative problem solvers, effective communicators, dynamic collaborators, and leaders. Learn more about what a 21st century classroom means.

Hun's Unique College Counseling Opportunities

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Ultimately, our goal is to prepare high school students for the rigors of college life. Our dedicated college counselors are on hand to provide students with valuable insights into their ideal postgraduate options. The faculty takes time to get to know students throughout their high school years to offer personalized advice about the best future options for each student.

We're fortunate to work with many college admission representatives to stay up-to-date with the latest knowledge and opportunities in college admissions. More than 100 college and university representatives visit Hun each spring, giving students the opportunity to ask questions and become more familiar with the admissions process.

Visit Hun Today

Choosing a high school for your student is an exciting and challenging experience, so if you have more questions about the benefits of a private Princeton, NJ, high school, we're here to help.

We invite you to call us or email to schedule a tour. Then, fill out our inquiry form so we can get to know you better. We'll be happy to show you around our campus and give you more information about life and learning at the Hun Upper School.

Experience An Upper School Classroom Discussion

Experience a 10th Grade U.S. History class at The Hun School, taught through a Harkness Table discussion where students learn to explore ideas collaboratively and with confidence.