The Hun School Difference

Learn with Joy
smiling students

Hun students know academic excellence and joy aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, neuroscience research suggests that a good chuckle activates long-term memory and stimulates students’ sense of wonder. Our community is both kind and vigorous.

Talking in Class is a Good Thing
Harkness Discussion

At Hun, Humanities classes are taught Harkness style, giving equal weight to all voices.

Mentorship
faculty talking with students

Our faculty get to know their students as individuals in class, in the dorm, and during a special period each day designed for one-on-one collaboration.

Innovative, High-Powered Academics
students solving equations

Our curriculum boasts a remarkable breadth of classes. Coursework is experiential and dynamic, with an emphasis on teaching skills over content.

Signature Programs

We are a joyful, striving community of learners and teachers who want to experience something profound every day: that sweet spot between challenging academics and the personal endeavors that make our hearts soar

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Coursing with Creativity

A Place for Creativity and Collaboration
computer science class

The Computer Science Discoveries course demystifies computers and shows students the collaboration and creativity involved in computer science. The curriculum comes from code.org, an organization dedicated to exposing students to the field.

Middle School Power Plays
Middle School sock puppets

Middle School English students create their own sock puppets to dramatize the story of “Tobermory” and enhance their understanding of comedic satire.

Getting Down to Business
students in the library

Know any other high school students who run real businesses? Students in Hun's Entrepreneurial Studies classes learn about business plans, finances, and real-world market opportunities before pitching a new business opportunity to a panel of judges. They are then given $300 in seed money to launch and operate their businesses. 

Playwriting Students Take Center Stage
student performance

The Playwright and Productions course allows students to flex their performing, directing, and producing muscles as they present their own one-act play to the community. "A class like this gives students a voice,” said teacher and Hun Theatre Director Bill Esher.

Life-Sized and Bound for Biotech
student scientist

In the biotechnology elective, students work with graduate students from Rutgers University to synthesize a protein sequence using the Worldwide Protein Data Bank. Discoveries like these help scientists discover new treatments for cancer, infections, cardiovascular or respiratory issues, and more. 

News and Events

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Meet Our Students

Marie-Ève Hébert '20
Alex Marinzoli '24
Gigi Schadrack '19

Moments That Matter

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Experiential learning is key

There are few other high schools that place such a large emphasis on experiential learning—these experiences are a huge reason why I chose Hun. Watching a live surgery, along with a visit to Penn's animal labs and a research presentation, presented all sides of the medical industry, from administrative to research to clinical. This gives us a significant advantage by helping us find our passions early.

Blane Soper '19

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You will be part of a giant family

The word “hon” is short for the word honey, but sounds like the word “Hun”. Everyone at Hun is sweet and we stick together when we face difficulties. I chose Hun because Hun welcomes you like no other school. The people at Hun make you feel like you are part of a giant family, and everyone will always stick by your side, just like honey.

Elizabeth '21

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A day has not gone by where I have not felt welcomed

Hun is a different kind of community, the people here aren't here to beat out other kids in school. Kids are here to make friends, do well, and to set themselves up for the future. Hun has a community that is welcoming and friendly. A day has not gone by where I have not felt welcomed and like something amazing and great would happen that day.

Andrew ’20

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Feel what it is like to truly belong

My family lives in three different countries. Work brought my mom to Indonesia, my dad remains in Korea, and my sister and I go to school here in the United States. The family situation has always been like this, and it works in our own way. However, I have always craved a sense of belonging and togetherness that my family, by its nature, could not provide. Three years ago, on my first day as a boarding student at the Hun School of Princeton, I felt out of place and uncomfortable. I was in a new country, surrounded by an unfamiliar culture and foreign faces. Back then, I could not have imagined that I would find a second family here. Of course, there wasn’t a day when I just declared that Hun had become my family.

The values that constitute a family, such as love, loyalty, and unwavering support and respect for one another, cannot be fully seen at first glimpse. These values reveal themselves to you slowly, through moments and lasting feelings of warmth. When my dog in Korea died freshman year, I met girls from my dorm that I’d never spoken to before, because they came to my room and comforted me until I stopped crying. It did not matter that they did not know me, nor that I did not know them. This is just one of many memories that would follow - some filled with sadness, some with joy, but all precious when looked back upon. Now, when I am back in Korea, I find myself missing Hun, just like I miss my home when I am here. At Hun, you will not only find a sense of belonging, but feel what it is like to truly belong. Everyone who comes here eventually sees that there is a magic about this community that turns strangers into family.

Erika ’20

Seoul, Korea

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Experience Hun

At The Hun School of Princeton, we learn with joy, share in each other’s successes, and shape– action by action—a community where caring opens us to the best in ourselves and others. We meet our students at a seminal moment in their lives, when their sense of self is still evolving and their vision and capacities are beginning to emerge. We know that at such a pivotal moment, kind encouragement is as necessary as intellectual challenge.