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Skills-Based Curriculum

Because tomorrow's jobs don't yet exist

The Hun School is at the forefront of an educational movement. Educational leaders understand that rote memorization and content acquisition will no longer serve our students and the world they stand to inherit. Content is ubiquitous and roughly 70% of our students are destined for jobs that don’t yet exist. Yet, few schools have managed to pivot and evolve as deftly as Hun has.

At The Hun School, our courses are taught differently. We have changed what and how we teach. Our teachers focus more intently on skill development and student engagement, than they do conferring information. They do this by mapping skill development throughout the curriculum and across grade levels,  prioritizing experiential, interdisciplinary learning, and wherever possible giving student agency over their own learning.  Therefore, whether a high school student is taking Arabic, Bioethics, Engineering Design, or Multivariable Calculus, they will examine the principles of that course while developing these seven skills: creativity, cultural competency, collaborative problem solving, critical thinking, ethical decision making, effective communication, and leadership skills.

A Creative and Collaborative Process

In Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair Amy Wright's Programming 1 class, students play a game of musical chairs. Given a task to solve, they write a few lines of code, and then get up and move two chairs to the left. Then they write two more lines of code on that person's screen, then move two more chairs to the left and repeat the process. "The kids learn a lot by seeing how different the code they write is, and how differently each of them approaches a problem," Mrs. Wright said. "Sometimes they say, 'That's a really cool solution! I would have never thought of that.' Computer science is a creative and collaborative process.

Learn More about 21st-Century Skills:

Creativity

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. 

Critical Thinking

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.

Collaborative Problem Solving

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.  

Cultural Competency

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.  

Ethical Decision Making

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.

Effective Written and Oral Communication

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.

Leadership

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.