Departments and Classes
English and Language Arts
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Electives are offered on Fridays from 8:30 to 12:09. Course offerings vary by semester, but usually include the following: Art, History of Philosophy, Speech, Music, Music Appreciation, Yearbook, Literary Magazine, Yoga, Drama/Theatre, Creative Writing, Mindfulness, History of Cinema
Students may also choose to earn their elective credits through off-campus activities such as dance, music, athletics, languages, or other interests. For accreditation purposes, the student must provide documentation that the coach or instructor of such activities holds a college degree.