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Beacon students have the opportunity to explore their own interests and passions within the context of a robust, vibrant curriculum delivered by committed, caring, and knowledgeable faculty members. Our curriculum is designed to provide a broad base of knowledge and skills while providing guidance to students as they take initiative to design and build their own education. All of our students are prepared for the academic rigors of college. More importantly, however, Beacon students learn to navigate information and the world with a sense of purpose, supported by relationships with engaged faculty, flexible schedules, and opportunities safely and bravely to forge their own path.



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9th- and 10th-grade students take several of their required courses, including Integrated Science, American History, and World Literature -- as a mixed-age cohort. Just like the mixed-age classroom of Montessori Early Childhood programs, this offers students space to navigate the new social, physical, and intellectual realities of adolescence and to revise their middle-school learning practice as they establish a solid foundation of skills and knowledge. The first two years of study prepare students to pursue more advanced and personalized classes as 11th and 12th graders, when they are transitioning to a more solid sense of their adult identities and capacities. Other classes, including World Language, the arts, and math, allow students to create community with classmates of all ages as they collectively develop their proficiency in the field.