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Coming of Age
South Kent School's Fourth Form Program aims to build and reinforce strong academic skills and to develop and nurture students' self-confidence and self-esteem while stressing personal integrity and character. We strive to create motivated, inquisitive, and successful students who are equipped to be life-long learners and good citizens. In pursuit of these goals, we engage in a variety of experiences both on and off campus which further the quest stage of a student's Hero's Journey. On campus, these might include participating in team-building exercises, re-creating famous trials from the past, acting out portions of Shakespeare's plays, creating medieval-inspired armor, staging debates on Enlightenment philosophies, or negotiating a new peace treaty to end World War I. Off campus, we visit the Clark Art Museum, the Williams College Rare Book Collection, a local observatory, and an area college for an introduction to the college process. We also take advantage of exhibits and theatrical productions in the area.
The faculty working to implement the Fourth Form Program are a team representing most of the academic disciplines. These teachers use an inquiry, or problem-based, approach to learning and encourage our students to become independent thinkers and able writers across the disciplines. The team meets regularly to discuss curriculum, teaching strategies, and each boy's personal and academic progress. Members of the team work with the fourth form boys in all aspects of their life at South Kent, serving as advisers, dorm parents, and coaches. The boys also interact with other faculty members of our community, particularly in language and math courses and in sports, but the boys work closest with members of the form team.
In The Fourth Form you will:
- Develop self awareness.
- Meet challenging academics to begin the process of self-discovery.
- Be encouraged to realize your academic, physical, and emotional potential as forces for positive change.
Fourth Form Course Offerings:
- English II
- History II
- Pre-Engineering II
The fourth form core classes have a closely integrated curriculum. Daily block scheduling of the core allows the teachers flexibility in designing each class day to optimize the development of the students' academic skills and the themes of the fourth form year. Advanced sections of English and history will be formed each year for motivated students or proven merit. All Fourth Form students take the core courses.