In addition to offering a comprehensive high school program, a number of high schools have created signature programs that integrate a specific focus or distinguishing theme with the skills, concepts, and instructional strategies of some portion of a school’s curriculum. The theme or focus becomes the vehicle for teaching the traditional high school curriculum in a fresh, interesting, and challenging way. In some cases, the school may adopt a school- wide signature focus. Some schools have also created themed academies to engage students through a small learning community approach.
Developing interests and expertise
Making connections between school and possible college and career paths
Learning new skills
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The Humanities and Arts Signature Program
This challenging and innovative program is designed for students who are passionate about literature, film, history, languages, art, and/or performance. The students form a cohort in the 9th-10th grades through special enriched sections of English and Social Studies, which include special field trips, speakers, and artists-in-residence workshops. Students select a specific but flexible course of study with the Humanities or Arts Focus, and also complete an Off-Campus Experience and the Senior Independent Project. By the end of the program, students have polished oral presentation skills and are able to complete the high-level academic research and writing expected by universities.
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Both programs are open to Wootton students, by application.
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