As a university educator, I can say that in my experience the Abelard School provides one of the finest university preparatory educations that I have encountered. Few schools provide the depth of foundational educationwhere else do high school students learn Greek, Latin and Philosophy?let alone the breadth of subject matter that Abelard covers through the diverse interests of its talented staff.
Abelard offers much more than academic excellence. Its small size creates intimacy and engagement among students that goes beyond the classroom and fosters lively discussions in the hallways, encourages independent intellectual pursuits and generates lasting friendships.
A few examples from my son’s activities come to mind that help illustrate the Abelard experience:
staging the battle scene in Julius Caesar for the annual play (with the wood-worked swords made by another parent)
discovering the astonishing bio-mechanics of a running ostrich
discussing the antics of Buck Mulligan in the opening chapter of Joyce’s Ulysses
the group of Abelard students out for a night at the theatre discussing the performance of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
discovering a latent capacity for maths and science ... and writing a computer program
excitement translating the inscriptions on Roman monuments in museums in Berlin
finding other students interested in chess and starting a chess club
I would urge anyone to consider Abelard as their school of choice for students who hanker for learning, who seek a milieu that supports independent intellectual growth and who would thrive in small enriched educational environment.