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Grades 9 -12: Beyond mere preparation

Tired of devoting all your energies to test scores and GPA at the expense of deeper learning? Do you daydream about doing something “real” and lasting with all the cool stuff you learn instead of just moving on when the test is over? Would your education be more meaningful if you were a partner in planning it?

If you answered “Yes” to these questions, Mastery Learning at Stuart Hall could be the experience that frees you from the restrictions of industrial-age educational traditions to unleash the creativity and passion trapped inside.

Mastery learning empowers you with the skills to flourish personally, academically and professionally as adults in the 21st century. You, your teachers, and your advisor, are a team that uses continuous feedback and progressive achievement until successful mastery is achieved. The pace, pathway, and assessment of your learning is adapted toyour individual strengths, bolstering competence and self-confidence as you tackle solutions to real-world challenges. 

Learn more about Stuart Hall's Mastery Philosophy.

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The Program

Stuart Hall’s 178 year history of preparing young people for the academic rigors of college continues strong. Our graduates repeatedly tell us how easily they handle the academics, independence and responsibilities of college life. A wide range of AP offerings challenge our students to earn college credits, while our newly augmented Learning Support Services help students realize their full academic potential.

Excellent college prep goes beyond core subjects, of course, and guides us in our approach to Art, Music, and World Language. 

Art and Music

Cherished features of Stuart Hall, art and music maintain their role in the academic day with a wide range of studio art and music classes. Stuart Hall’s portfolio-building art program has sent recent graduates at RISD, SCAD, and Pratt Institute. Our music program emphasizes performance in instrumental and vocal ensembles while staying true to the analytical, theoretical, and technical aspects of both instruments and voice. Through performance, we strive to grow our students’ self-esteem and confidence, social and collaborative skills, and perseverance. New in 2021-22, our afternoon theatre program will take advantage of the many collaborative opportunities our theatre-loving community has to offer.

Learn more about the Arts at Stuart Hall.