At Kew-Forest, we know who our students are, but we are also always thinking about who they will become: communicators, thinkers, and achievers. Here is how they do it.
It’s 7:30 am. Classes won’t begin for another half-hour, but Student Council leaders prefer to meet before school. They gather in Room 1-12 to plan Upper School Movie Night; to discuss how to engage the entire community in efforts to support hurricane-ravaged cities; and to debate the changes to the dress code.
By 9 o’clock, it’s second period. Freshmen are contrasting Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism in their Development of Civilizations class. Sophomores are working in groups of three to cement their understanding of quadratic equations in Algebra II. Juniors in English class are examining Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” and how it explodes the notion of the American Dream. Seniors are split into electives: in Abnormal Psychology, they are exploring addictive personality disorders; and in AP Physics, they are waking up to thermodynamics and kinetic theory.
Upper School students pour into the library for Assembly in 10:15. Today, a local rock band has come to perform a few songs and also to tell the students what an important role education played in their ability to pursue what they love.
The day has barely begun, but the students are already inspired. Later, they will discuss the film “The Godfather” in Myth and Identity; learn how different nations are tackling global warming in International Relations; delve into full-immersion language study in AP Spanish, and finally board the bus for the JV Basketball playoff game or race to the stage for dress rehearsal for the musical or head to a Manhattan Courthouse to compete against some the city’s most revered (and largest) schools in Mock trial – and win!
But a Kew-Forest Upper Schooler is more than a student who has taken a series of classes and pursued some interests. Our students grow up in a school where skilled, accomplished teachers work closely with them, encouraging them to speak their minds, to challenge convention, and to discover their passions. Our teachers are mentors. When they are not in the classroom, they are working one-on-one with students in the library—or any open bench in the school—or meeting with one another to discuss how to help students thrive.
The Kew-Forest Upper School student body is diverse in every way—born-and-raised New Yorkers as well as students from all over the globe. In this microcosm, students learn to appreciate different points of view; to learn and work together; to form bonds; and to become intellectually curious, committed citizens of a global community.
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