What Makes The Hague School Unique?

Harkness Discussions

With no rows of desks, our students are engaged  in daily Harkness discussions in every class, every day.  These discussions build critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills in a respectful atmosphere.  Students develop confidence as they learn to substantiate their ideas and find their voice at the table.

International Baccalaureate Curriculum

Beginning in the 9th grade, students integrate the IB’s learner profile attributes in each class to prepare them for the Diploma Programme in the 11th and 12th grades.  This curriculum pairs nicely with Harkness learning by emphasizing the “how” and “why” as students develop a positive worldview.

Cross-Curricular Learning

By design, we are a small school with a focused mission, personalized instruction, and unique student opportunities.  We integrate innovative technology and experiential learning to help students connect theory and practice as they take an active role in their own educational experience.

This unique combination translates into increased engagement, better learning and retention, higher standardized test scores*, greater confidence, and enhanced interpersonal skills.

*  All of our 9th graders increased their PSAT scores from 2019 to 2020, with an average increase of 160 points.

Focus Areas

Scientific and Creative Arts

Cross-curricular approaches offer project centered and experiential coursework in conjunction with local professionals and businesses, giving students real world experience.

 

Creative and Performing Arts

 
Engaging electives permit students to practice and refine their skills in music, dance, art, theater, and film on our stage under the guidance of master performers.

Service Projects

 
It is expected that every student will, at a minimum, complete a one week service project each year.  Eleventh and twelfth grade students will be encouraged to design a service project that involves exposure to a foreign culture and language as they complete their 100 hour IB Creativity, Activity, & Service projects.
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