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Academics

Supported by an atmosphere of inclusion and opportunity, Pingree students are encouraged to stretch their thinking, push the limits of their own capabilities, and reach farther.

2016-2017 COURSE CATALOGUE

Our Educational Philosophy

The Pillars of a Pingree School education are designed to develop and encourage critical thinking, discipline of mind, and civic engagement. We believe that in order to thrive, today’s students must learn to:

Communicate

Communicate effectively through written, spoken, non-verbal, and creative means.

Navigate

Navigate complex information by gathering, exploring, and assessing sources with adaptive and flexible thinking.

Originate

Originate in thought and action with imagination, confidence, creativity, and an innovative spirit.

Participate

Participate fully in the life of the community, collaborating, asking questions, initiating ideas, taking risks, and leading by example.

Relate

Relate with empathy, seeking to understand diverse perspectives while being mindful of the impact of actions and words on others and on the environment.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete 67 credits (1 credit = 1 full credit trimester course), to include:

  • ARTS: six credits (one full year for students in class of 2017 and 2018).
  • ENGLISH: twelve credits. One credit for each trimester enrolled (through level four) to include three trimesters of “American Literature”/”American Cultural Studies” or a department approved equivalent course.
  • HISTORY: nine credits, to include “Themes and Issues in World History,” “Modern European History,”and “U.S. History” or “American Cultural Studies.”
  • LANGUAGE: nine credits. Must complete nine consecutive trimesters in a single language.
  • MATH: nine credits. Must complete through “Math 3.”
  • SCIENCE: nine credits to include biology, chemistry and physics.
  • SENIOR PROJECT: all seniors must pass all requirements of their senior project.

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Pingree Profiles

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Ani '16

"For me, science and engineering is my way of helping the world. That's what I want to do."

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Nina '17

"We'll be reading one book in history and it will cross back to what we're talking about in English...All the connections that I've made are completely mind-blowing."

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Teddy '16

"There's always somebody with an opposing point of view and there's always somebody with another point. Everybody's always very engaged in the topic of discussion."

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Mr. Olson — Math

"I love bringing in other subjects that relate to math. We do a poster project in my class where we research the ways math informs art and architecture."

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MS. Tahir — English

"Students frequently take advantage of their free blocks to meet and review drafts, and that’s part of the strength of the writing program at Pingree."

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MS. Stabler — Spanish

"Students get excited to be able to connect to their learning and to know that later, they can really use and draw upon the content learned in class."

People You'll Want to Know for a Lifetime


Ask any student about what makes Pingree special and they point to one thing – the people. Our supportive community of faculty and staff partner with students to stretch outside their comfort zones and embrace their full potential.
David Goff

David Goff

Titles: French Teacher
Degrees: BA, French
MA, French
Biography:

It's thanks to my own past teachers that I teach now. They inspired me, motivated me, and guided me towards a love of discovery and learning.

Michael Gracey

Michael Gracey

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: BA, Philosophy
MS, Education
Biography:

I enjoy working with young people when they're doing a lot of growing (and I benefit from tapping into their energy and insight when they aren't looking).

Christina Kennedy

Christina Kennedy

Titles: Mathematics Department Chair, Math Teacher
Degrees: BA, Mathematics
MA, Liberal Studies — Social Science
Biography:

Math is a high anxiety-provoking subject and I like being able to calm people down to help them see that it isn't as bad as they think.

Arlynn Polletta

Arlynn Polletta

Titles: Theater Director, Professional Development Coordin
Degrees: B.A., Dance/Theater and English Literature
M.A., Theater Education
Biography:

We are a community of learners who take risks, ask hard questions, and push each other to be our best selves.

Robert VanTuyl

Robert VanTuyl

Titles: Science Department Chair, Science Teacher
Degrees: B.S., Biochemistry
M.B.A.
Biography:

Teaching is an amazing career; nothing else allows me to be a learner, be a teacher and act like a kid all at the same time.

Lenworth Williamson

Lenworth Williamson

Titles: Dean of Students
Degrees: B.A., Sociology
Biography:

I teach because I like to share what I know and learn at the same time!

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