A Northfield education is built upon the
classical tradition. Our curriculum utilizes the trivium, which
the tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric, as expressed and developed by
the quadrivium, which consists of arithmetic, music, geometry, and
astronomy. Together, they form the cornerstones of knowledge known as
the seven liberal arts. These "freeing" arts, as they were once called,
are intended to produce disciplined minds that can grapple with the
issues and questions that living in the world presents.
One of the fundamental ways in which Northfield pursues the truth is through the Great Books series, which consists of the best literature of Western civilization—from philosophy to science, poetry to history—that illuminates and confronts the important questions facing humanity.
The small must reach, the tall must
bend, and each of us has something to teach others. A Northfield
education is personal. Every student receives the individual
attention that a young scholar deserves. That time and attention
extends to opportunities to play sports and other
competitive games. We pray together, eat together, learn
together, and grow together—that is the substance and strength of
the Northfield community.
We also provide students with the chance to work for others. Our school year begins and ends with week-long community service projects, and throughout the year, our students participate in Work Wednesday, a day in which younger students put aside their formal studies to perform tasks that benefit the school, while the older students engage in internships and service projects for charitable community organizations.
It is our hope and our aim that by combining the keen,
disciplined mind that a liberal arts education provides with the
generous heart and open hands that working for the community creates,
Northfield students will experience those moments of truth and joy that
God’s love and presence in our lives have to offer.
As founder Robert Love said at the school’s inception, fifteen years ago, “Northfield is not a college prep school, it’s a life prep school.”
Discover Northfield, where truth is at the center and learning is alive. Come and see.