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A Curriculum for Boys
The concept called a Hero's Journey by writer Joseph Campbell and the speeches and correspondence of former South Kent Headmaster George Bartlett inspired South Kent to approach boys' education in a new way. We have embodied the Hero's Journey in a four-stage, four-year process reflecting adolescent growth and maturing, making each step the theme of a student's school year. In South Kent terms, the stages of this journey are "A Sense of Place: Community and Belonging," "The Quest: Coming of Age," "Responsibility and Commitment," and "Service and Moving On." These themes define the Form Program.
Launched in the fall of 1999, the Form Program is an innovative and balanced program for boys that guides their quest and provides tools to prepare them not only for college, but for lives as men of quality. South Kent School refers to grades 9th through 12th as “forms” third through sixth. This categorization is adopted from the British, who traditionally used this term in their boarding schools.
South Kent's goal in blending its founding principles of Simplicity of Life, Self-Reliance, and Directness of Purpose with the new curriculum is to provide a school experience for the 21st century world that gives boys the intellectual, moral, physical, and social foundation for scholastic achievement in college and productive citizenship in adulthood.
Each year, boys embark on a focused journey that intertwines classroom curriculum with age-appropriate and challenging field experiences. Our boys grow in confidence and knowledge as they explore, interpret, and employ the lessons they learn.
Goals of the Form Program:
- To challenge and encourage boys through a nurturing, yet rigorous academic program, using a boys-centered liberal arts curriculum.
- To teach civic responsibility and the value of honest labor, through an active residential life and community service program.
- To impart the value of faith and the importance of spiritual growth and awareness, through a regular chapel program.
- To develop physical fitness, leadership skills, and tolerance, through competitive sports and a variety of extracurricular activities.