International Program: Academics
The Fulton School is small by design. Our teachers know their students well, and students know each other across grade levels. There is no hiding from curricular or extracurricular responsibilities, or from the open and vigorous exploration of ideas. Courses are seminar-style, and all students are expected to bring value to the discussion.
Having a voice in our classrooms, students are consistently involved, engaged, and curious. In keeping with our Montessori roots, our students are strongly oriented towards knowing how and knowing why rather than merely knowing about.
The Upper School (7th-12th grade) follows a prescribed, challenging college-preparatory curriculum. Program variation comes primarily from independent studies pursued with specific instructors or through approved institutions. Enhancement of program rigor comes primarily from the pursuit of Honors in approved subjects.
In addition, all high school students are required to participate annually in one interscholastic sport (basketball, volleyball, cross country, track and field, and golf) and three interims exploring knowledge without grades (performing, publishing, creating, deep study, media literacy).
At The Fulton School, we offer Advanced Placement equivalents. Some of our courses fit the AP Exam content (English, Calculus, Spanish V, Biology), and some do not fit quite as well (History, Environmental Science). Students in equivalent classes have the option every year to study and take the corresponding AP exam. We choose not to go through the process to actually call the courses "AP" because we would lose the autonomy we have over our syllabus, an autonomy that allows us to fulfill our mission in many ways. Historically, we let the students know that, if they want to, we will help them prepare for and take the AP exam.
For now, our goal remains a balance between our "no ceilings" philosophy and a healthy emotional environment for teenagers who are trying to survive in a world of seemingly senseless stress.