Academics

 
 
The Fulton School is small by design.  Our teachers know their students well, and students know each other across grade levels.  There is no hiding from curricular or extracurricular responsibilities, or from the open and vigorous exploration of ideas.  Courses are seminar-style, and all students are expected to bring value to the discussion.  Having a voice in our classrooms, students are consistently involved, engaged, and curious.  In keeping with our Montessori roots, our students are strongly oriented towards knowing how and knowing why rather than merely knowing about. 
 
The Upper School (7th-12th grade) follows a prescribed, challenging college-preparatory curriculum.  Program variation comes primarily from independent studies pursued with specific instructors or through approved institutions. Enhancement of program rigor comes primarily from the pursuit of Honors in approved subjects.
 
In addition, all students are required to participate annually in one interscholastic sport (soccer, tennis, basketball, track and field, and golf), community service, and two interims exploring knowledge without grades (performing, publishing, creating, deep study, media literacy).
 
Honors
The option to pursue Honors work is available in all full credit courses.  Honors option requires initiative of the student and consent of the parent or host parent, instructor, and advisor.
 
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses   
Our high-level courses are rigorous and AP-equivalent.  If they wish, students can opt to take the Advanced Placement test for US History, Calculus, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English, and Spanish, although the school does not actively stress this as it is not congruent with our philosophy and culture. 
 
Senior Project / Internship
During the last quarter of senior (12th grade) year, students have the option to pursue a project that assists the community, follows a personal passion, or involves some depth of study in a curricular area. The school expects seniors to use this opportunity to demonstrate, in some field that is meaningful to them, that they have learned both how to learn and how to do. Following completion of the Senior Project and as a prelude to graduation, seniors make a presentation demonstrating or summarizing their work to the gathered school community.