Faculty member using the whiteboard during math class

Whitfield offers a foundational, liberal arts curriculum that marries college preparatory
courses with an emphasis on citizenship, critical thinking, and leadership. Our purpose is to prepare students for success in college and in life, empowering them to discover who they are, what they care about, and how they want to make a difference in the world.



Our classrooms are collaborative learning spaces. In place of traditional classrooms, where students sit passively while teachers talk, our teachers design activities for students to learn with and from each other, working actively to develop their own skills and understandings. Collaborative, hands-on learning is not only more engaging–it’s also “stickier,” leading to deeper, more enduring learning experiences.


Students in grades 6-9 engage in a progression of increasingly rigorous coursework in English, mathematics, social studies, science, fine arts, physical education and wellness, and world languages. All students take core classes in English, social studies, and science, providing the foundational understandings and skills they will need for success in later courses and in college. In addition, common academic experiences build community and class cohesion, helping to develop and foster the relationships that are essential
to our collaborative classrooms. In mathematics and world languages, placement tests will assure that students enter our curriculum at the right place and receive the appropriate level of challenge.


Students in grades 10-12 are required to take courses in English, math, social studies, science and world languages and have choices within these subject areas. Students may also elect to continue to pursue coursework in fine arts as an elective, or in some cases, enrich their study of mathematics or science by taking an additional course. Advanced Placement (AP) level courses are available as well.


With an average class size of 14, differentiation is an expectation. Examples of differentiation inside the classroom include a varying complexity of prompts, projects, and rubrics in English and social studies and a varying complexity of word problems in mathematics. If a student needs support, the school offers tutoring services before or after school (for an additional fee). Providing appropriate and timely documentation along with parental partnership is critical to ensuring academic success and college readiness.


Technology and digital literacy are not add-ons at Whitfield, but rather woven into our pedagogy and curriculum. Our 1:1 laptop program means that students and faculty move seamlessly from working on their computers to seminar discussions and hands-on projects. Our technology team collaborates with our department chairs and grade level coordinators to integrate topics such as algorithmic thinking and digital citizenship into our academic and advisory curricula.


2023-2024 Course Descriptions