By Gary Stern High Point Academy takes great pride in preparing its graduates for success both as scholars and citizens as they embark upon their journey in high school and beyond. For fifty-three years, offering a strong Kindergarten-8th grade foundation has been our tried and true mission—to awaken the joy of learning in each student. Critical … Continue reading High School Admissions Process: A Natural Culmination of High Point’s Kindergarten-8th Grade Journey.
What is the purpose of education in today’s ever-changing global world? What are the big concepts and overarching skills we want High Point graduates to embrace? Among these big concepts, the research points to the paramount importance of teaching students how to think and how to analyze issues through multiple lenses and perspectives. How to realize … Continue reading Creatively Exploring Complex Issues Through Multiple Lenses
By Gary Stern New character and community-building programs support our SEL (Social Emotional Learning) curriculum for 2017-18 This year, our focus on character and community-building has soared to new heights with the establishment first of the EAGLE PRIDE program and, now, with the successful launch of HPA FAMILIES. Eagle Pride was designed to reinforce the … Continue reading Building “HPA Families” Within our Larger Family
By Gary Stern As the magic of summer sets and rich experiences become treasured memories, children prepare to embark upon a new school year. As parents, we sometimes forget that, for our children, the new school year is an opportunity for new beginnings. It’s not solely an opportunity to benefit from summer reflections and dream … Continue reading Jumpstart Your Child’s New School Year: 4 Smart Tips
By Gary Stern If you were to ask me, “What Makes High Point So Special?” I could certainly go on for hours, extolling a unique and nurturing culture that awakens the joy of learning in its students through outstanding teaching and curriculum, plus thoughtful strategic planning and implementation. A culture that achieves this through a … Continue reading What Makes High Point Special: The Students Speak
By Gary Stern As I look in the mirror and witness the natural aging process, more and more I find myself turning into my parents. Not just my physical resemblance to both my father and my mother but, more importantly, my character, values, passions and interests. In the mirror of life, I can clearly see … Continue reading Children Need Their Parents Now, More Than Ever
By Mr. Gary Stern, Head of School. Spring is a time of rebirth, reawakening, renewal. This year, I am needing spring more than in years past. I feel the need to reflect more deeply. I feel the need to process everything happening in the world around me. I feel the need to try to make … Continue reading America: The Story of All of Us
By Mr. Gary Stern, Head of School. 2016 and the first month of 2017 have been a time of great reflection and soul-searching about our great country and what it stands for. More recently, the celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday, the inauguration of a new president, and the upcoming Presidents’ Day holiday continue to … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be An American?
By Mr. Gary Stern, Head of School Nothing rings in the cherished holiday spirit like the pure joy and inspiration of hearing the voices of children singing songs of brotherhood, friendship, and classic renditions of winter holiday songs. High Point’s Holiday Show in December brought to life this beautiful range of emotions: We laughed. We … Continue reading 2017: Enriching the Best of Who We Are
When the 2016 election results surfaced, half of our country was jubilant, the other half quite the opposite. Yet, in the aftermath of the general election—hearing first-hand reactions from family, friends, colleagues, and our faculty and staff at High Point Academy—one thing became clear to me, as an educator: how essential it is to use … Continue reading The 2016 Election: A Prime Opportunity to Help Our Children