Academics

Program Pillars

A Unique Learning Experience

What do today’s students need most from their high school experience to prepare them for college, careers, and civic life? Are we teaching enduring learning, inspiring deeper thinking, helping students excel in the habits of an intellectual life? The program pillars at Emma Willard School are designed to consider these very important questions.

With awareness that the world is changing and learners are changing with it, the Emma Willard School program equips our students to meet the extraordinary opportunities and challenges of their time. Our academic program is focused on what matters most in learning—relevance, enduring understanding, and multidisciplinary connection. In order to educate a generation of learners ready and able to meet the most pressing issues of our time, we commit ourselves to the following program pillars.
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Intellectual Flexibility

Emma Willard School strives to educate a generation of learners ready and able to address the most pressing issues of their time. During their time at Emma, students develop the intellectual flexibility to consider big questions and to work to solve big problems.

Purpose & Community

Fundamental to personal wellbeing is the life-long exploration of one’s self and one’s contribution to the world. The Emma Willard School curriculum fosters a sense of purpose in each student by emphasizing relevance, impact, and community connection.

Equity & Justice

Living and learning in a global and inclusive community requires persistent and purposeful practice. Our curriculum provides exposure to and understanding of the global community, and focuses on developing the skills necessary to build and sustain equity and justice in the world.
Using the program pillars as a guide, Emma Willard School faculty develop advanced course offerings that challenge students to think deeply and fuel students’ love of learning. These Advanced Studies courses are a part of a plan to phase out and replace AP™ course offerings with unique curriculum developed specifically for Emma students. In addition, the school has developed a Ninth Grade Program that is designed to meet the unique needs of ninth graders as they transition to high school. 

Academic Headlines

List of 3 news stories.

  • Scientific diver and aquanaut Steve Resler explains a study of oysters he conducted in the Nissequogue River bottom

    Real Life as a Marine Biologist

    By Melissia Mason
    Students in Emma Willard School’s science classes get plenty of exposure to scientific theory, lab basics, and experimentation, but what is it really like to be a professional scientist? This year’s marine biology class had the opportunity to discover just that when scientific diver and aquanaut Steve Resler visited their class earlier this semester.
  • The Sandglass Theater team with the Babylon puppets (L-R: Kaitee Yaeko Tredway, Shoshana Bass, Eric Bass, Luke Stavrand '02)

    Learning from the Refugee Journey

    By Melissia Mason
    For our first speaker series event of the 2021-2022 school year, we welcomed Sandglass Theater to present the film Babylon: Journey of Refugees. This film adaptation of a live stage performance engages the audience with puppetry, song, and personal reflection to tell a universal story of the refugee experience. 
  • Students show off their Chinese calligraphy work.

    A Look into the Classroom: Fall 2021

    Kaitlin Resler
    Fall Family Weekend festivities are drawing to a close, and the Emma Willard School community is looking towards the long weekend ahead with a much needed rest in mind. Since the start of the year, classrooms have been filled with interesting activities, guest speakers, and once, even some fire. Here’s a look at what’s been going on in just some of the classrooms in these first few weeks of school!
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