Departments and Classes
Core classes are of the utmost importance at our school. English composition and literature, history, social studies, and science are taught with no more than 8 students per class. Math is taught with no more than 6 in a class. Literature is taught individually. Our core class areas include:
English is divided into two component parts: Composition and Literature. The school’s owner, Dr. Light German previously directed the University of Texas’ undergraduate writing lab. She has developed a rigorous four-year curriculum that helps students learn how to write for college and beyond. Students learn the process of writing including all aims and modes.
Literature is taught individually, with one teacher and one student reading and discussing works in a once-a-week British tutorial-style class. Students and teachers collaborate to select works tailored to the student’s interests and skill level. Students learn to read for a deeper understanding.
• English I: Composition and World Literature A
• English II: Composition and World Literature B
• English III: Composition and American Literature
• English IV: Composition and British Literature
Students attend math class four days a week. Students learn at their own pace and benefit from individual attention in small groups. Our math teachers ensure that each student “gets it” before moving on. No child is left behind, as can often happen in math classes. All math is done in-class under the supervision of our math teachers, thus eliminating math homework.
Math coursework includes:
• Algebra I
• Algebra II
• Informal Geometry
Science classes are taught in a hands-on, exploratory style. Students learn experimental methods and are challenged to find their own answers and draw their own conclusions.
Science coursework includes:
• Environmental Science (Chemistry in Context)
• Senior Science Seminar
• Advanced Physics
History and Social Studies
Our History and Social Studies program emphasizes class participation and discussion of ideas in a seminar-style atmosphere. Current events play a large role in helping students gain a deeper and more personal understanding of their world.
• World History A
• World History B
• U.S. History
• Government and Economics
Huntington-Surrey offers foreign language classes four days a week. Small language classes mean students have more opportunities to speak the language they are learning.
The assignments from students’ composition, history, and science classes can be completed in Prep Class. This allows students to complete most assignments on campus, thus drastically reducing homework (students are still expected to do their Literature and Foreign Language assignments at home). In addition to assisting students with their assignments, Prep teachers help students develop the organizational skills necessary to succeed in college.
Senior Advisory is a semester-long project designed to assist the students and their parents in navigating the challenging waters of the college admissions process. The process itself is broken down into small doable steps and is based on each student’s aptitudes, needs, and preferences as well as financial considerations. A light-hearted approach is used and in all cases has resulted in 100% acceptance to the college, university, or technical school of the student’s choice.