All Upper School students meet in their Advisory at the start of each school day to discuss upcoming events or issues as well as topics that may affect the Rocky Hill School community. The adviser serves as a mentor and as the primary contact between the School and the student’s family. Frequent, meaningful communication is the hallmark of an effective adviser-advisee relationship, allowing for the development of a strong working relationship, whereby a faculty member may serve as an advocate for his or her advisee in all aspects of school life, guiding the student to make healthy and appropriate choices and helping the student chart his or her academic and co-curricular course through the Upper School.
Mindfulness practices enrich students’ experiences on a daily basis. With teachers modeling how to be aware of their minds, bodies, and spirits, Rocky Hill students learn to embody our mission to educate the whole child.
When every student has a front row seat, the Harkness methods allows students to develop proficiency in individual preparation, collaborative participation, freedom of expression, the creation of inter-textual, cross-topic, and interdisciplinary connections, the provision of supporting evidence, and reflection and self-evaluation.
Our Science department emphasizes laboratory expertise by requiring students to design and conduct their own laboratory research in our campus greenhouse. In addition, outdoor fieldwork comprises a central element of our students’ scientific experience.
Freshman Studies, a course co-taught by the Director of Counseling and Wellness, the Librarian and Technology Integrator, and a Health and Physical Education teacher, teaches students about Peace and Justice, Health, Technology, and Sexuality and Relationships.
Berkshire Outdoor Center
Prior to the start of the school year, the Freshman Class spends 3 days at the Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket, MA to foster togetherness as a class while creating opportunities for personal challenge. Students return to campus more connected as a group and begin the school year with newly created friendships.
College Prep offers students an opportunity to prepare for standardized college entrance tests, conduct career exploration, advance their technology skills, discover relevant health and wellness practices, strengthen their research skills, meet with visiting college representatives, and learn about colleges and the college admissions process.
In Senior Seminar, students work in groups to conceive, research, and promote a position or product that is presented to a panel of educators and consultants. Through this process, students are introduced to the complexities of teamwork, collaboration, leadership, and global interdependency.