Intellectual formation at Everest extends beyond mere knowledge as headmaster and high school principal discussed in his letter introducing this year’s Mountaineer Magazine. “We can likely agree that a certain percentage of the day-to-day content knowledge acquired over the course of our educations will eventually find its way into the less-accessible recesses of our minds. This is, at least in part, a reason that an extraordinary education involves so much more than the straightforward acquisition of knowledge.”
Academics at Everest focus on the acquisition of skills and habits over the course of the educational trajectory in order to form an individual who is able to think and express him or herself clearly and coherently, judging situations illuminated by the light of truth. As Everest students reach the heights of their high school careers, it becomes evident in the way they express themselves that they are indeed achieving these objectives.
Recently, AP biology students were asked to reflect on how they science classes have prepared them for life after high school – regardless of their career plans. Below are some of their responses:
“Science classes have taught me the importance of critical thinking and analysis. It also showed me the virtue of patience; failure is common in science. The most well-proven theories usually resulted from a massive amount of failed experiments.”
“I think that now when I go to a college science class I will be prepared for the level of difficulty in a university.”
“They allow us to apply concepts we learn in school to the real world through experiments.”