Academics at Head-Royce
In each of our three divisions, Lower (K-5), Middle (6-8) and Upper (9-12), we have created a developmentally appropriate program that is challenging, inspires a love of learning, and augments the many academic and interpersonal strengths our diverse student body bring to class each day.The Lower School academic program provides a strong foundation of concepts and skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science, art, foreign language, library, music, physical education, and technology in a supportive environment. Teachers integrate hands-on activities, simulations, field trips, service learning, and multimedia projects with the academic program. Basic skills are taught in a sequential program that progresses within the grade level and across the six year Lower School program.
In Middle and Upper School, students continue to gain skills and knowledge in all of the core academic areas of English, history, science, math and world language (French, Latin, Spanish and Chinese), and have the opportunity to explore new areas in visual and performing arts, computer science, and other electives such as debate. Students at each grade level work with passionate teachers to gain knowledge and to expand their critical thinking through research projects, lab experiments and hands-on activities. Whether students are building their own “Rube-Goldberg” maze in science or conducting a personal interview for the “I-Search,” they are using their intellectual and interpersonal skills to grow into compassionate global citizens.
Read more about our educational philosophy: Head-Royce Principles of Good Practice for 21st Century Teaching and Learning. If you have any questions about the academic program, you can contact individual Department Chairs for specific departmental queries
"You are not just teachers to us....you have prepared us to take our place in the world as scholars but more importantly you have prepared us to take our place in the world as adults." — Alison Simons, Class of 2016
Faculty Curriculum Maps
Curriculum Mapping: Mission and Goals
Our goal in undertaking curriculum mapping is to articulate the Head-Royce curriculum from kindergarten to 12th Grade in all subject areas. By formalizing our scope and sequence through mapping we will improve collaboration among faculty and provide an additional tool to assess and strengthen our academic program. Ultimately, mapping helps us ensure that students will have a consistent academic experience.
Specific goals include:
1. Improve vertical coordination K-12: Mapping assists us in analyzing content and skill progression from the Lower to Middle to Upper divisions.
2. Strengthen horizontal coordination: Mapping allows us to examine what we teach, why we teach it, and how we assess it. It also provides groundwork for on-going curricular discussions and meaningful collaboration.
3. Design, develop, and reflect on curriculum: Mapping allows teachers to articulate and refine their teaching plans.
4. New Teacher Tool: Curriculum maps provide new teachers with road maps for their courses and connect them to curriculum and faculty within the division and others at their grade level.
5. Understand the K-12 Picture: Mapping gives us an accurate and dynamic picture of our School’s entire program. It allows us to see what we do within and across divisions, between departments, and provides a tool for school-wide curricular analysis and change.
6. External Communication Tool: As we consider sharing our program with outside constituents, mapping makes our program transparent to parents, potential applicants, and others interested in our School—we can show off what we do well!