Discover your voice: In the classroom
Introduction to Waring School Academics
The study of liberal arts contributes to promoting human freedom through the knowledge of self and the world. The Humanities serve as the lens through which we see and understand the place and purpose of the subjects in all our academic programs. Math, science, sports, art, music, and language are connected to one another as they revolve around the study of human experience, both historical and intellectual.
The study of a second language enlarges one's world and vision; all students study French. In sixth and seventh grade we introduce French through an Immersion Program. The educational value of French immersion is not just that it gives students a proficiency in a second language, but an early appreciation of other cultures helps Waring graduates deal sensitively with the rest of the world. Our program includes travel to French-speaking places such as France, Montreal, Québec, Martinique, Senegal, and New Orleans. Speaking French allows students to enter these new cultures as guests rather than tourists.
For the last three weeks of the school year after exams, students choose an intensive course, called End Term, from an ever-changing array of options. Sailing aboard a 125 foot windjammer, traveling to North Carolina to build a new home for flood victims, hiking the mountains of Québec, exploring math through music and design, or working at an inner-city school are just a few examples of past offerings. End Term groups are made up of students from all grades and faculty, providing an opportunity for multi-age connections and often resulting in lifelong friendships.