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MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Our Middle School curriculum is highly integrated across disciplines and emphasizes study skills such as note-taking, personal skills taught through a daily advising program, and academic skills of analysis, writing (including formal, creative, and research-based), problem-solving, and discussions.

THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS

English students read a variety of classics (Homer, Shakespeare, Dante, Voltaire, Hemingway, Hurston, for example) as well as works beyond the canon. Our history classes wrestle with huge ideas, and we offer mathematics beyond calculus. Young scientists take years of lab sciences that emphasize practical skills and problem-solving.  We offer three foreign languages (Spanish, French, and Latin), and a full slate of creative arts.

A Field education is balanced and it offers an educational experience that does not make kids feel like they are being run through the grinder in a factory that cares more about test scores than about education.

ACADEMIC SUBJECTS

Field students generally take classes in five academic subjects each year: English, history, mathematics, science, and foreign language. The substance of these classes is largely traditional—see the curriculum map, downloadable on this page—and arranged in coherent "fields" of knowledge. 

STUDIO ARTS

Every student at Field takes a studio art class every day of every year. Studio classes—in ceramics, photography, drama, music, 2D art, digital art, dance, and publications—involve hands-on learning. Though there is no homework, studio classes are graded, and students can progress through successive levels within each discipline. Some older students complete AP Art Portfolios in the visual arts at the end of their course of study.

ATHLETICS

Learning to play on a team and to engage in regular exercise is an essential part of a Field education. Students generally must play during at least two of the three athletic seasons each year (different grade levels have difference requirements; see here). All our coaches are also Field teachers, and they bring the same energy, individual attention, and sensitivity to the playing field or gymnasium.

NO ADVANCED PLACEMENT CLASSES

Field proudly does not offer "Advanced Placement" classes. AP classes are based on the AP exams, which stress the memorization of a huge swath of facts.  Field classes, instead, stress the skills of analytic thinking, writing, problem-solving, and the verbal skills of debate and discussion—and we take extra time in our classes to practice those skills rather than rush through more facts. Our classes teach students to fall in love with intellectual inquiry and debate. These classes teach that the classroom is a place of excitement rather than drudgery. Colleges know this about Field and accept our students not despite—but because of—this philosophy.

OUR DEPARTMENT CHAIRS
Desmond Beach
Dean of Community and Culture, Studio Teacher
202.295.5819

Maddy Conicello
Chair of the Math Department; Math Teacher

Ermira Elmazaj
Language Department Chair

Dave Nelson
English Department Chair; Varsity Baseball Coach

Adrienne Nicholson
Chair of the Science Department; Science Teacher
2022955878

Georgia Warner
History Department Chair
202.295.5897