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Local School Signature Programs

In addition to offering a comprehensive high school program, a number of high schools have created signature programs that integrate a specific focus or distinguishing theme with the skills, concepts, and instructional strategies of some portion of a school’s curriculum. The theme or focus becomes the vehicle for teaching the traditional high school curriculum in a fresh, interesting, and challenging way. In some cases, the school may adopt a school- wide signature focus. Some schools have also created themed academies to engage students through a small learning community approach.

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High schools offering signature programs

Thomas S. Wootton

The Humanities and Arts Signature Program

This challenging and innovative program is designed for students who are passionate about literature, film, history, languages, art, and/or performance. The students form a cohort in the 9th-10th grades through special enriched sections of English and Social Studies, which include special field trips, speakers, and artists-in-residence workshops. Students select a specific but flexible course of study with the Humanities or Arts Focus, and also complete an Off-Campus Experience and the Senior Independent Project. By the end of the program, students have polished oral presentation skills and are able to complete the high-level academic research and writing expected by universities.

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Both programs are open to Wootton students, by application.


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