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"Without AP or IB, how can my child gain admittance to the elite universities? Don't I need to be a "tiger mom" [or dad] and enroll my child in an expensive "prep school" to give my child the best possible chance to succeed in life?"
There is a movement among parents and educators alike
away from the notion that secondary education should focus on courses/tests/grades to increase/measure knowledge levels in common core subjects in step-by-step preparation for college and employment
back to the historical idea that secondary education's sine qua non is to establish and awaken a life-long ability and curiosity to engage in deep and meaning-full learning about any subject ... vocationally and personally.
Northfield's primary mission is to help the student reach the milestone of dialectical maturity with subject competence being an expected and valuable by-product along the way.
However, the actual subject knowledge is less important than the refining of the learning skills from our point of view. The sooner the student reaches dialectical maturity, the sooner the student can move into the final stage of the educational journey: choosing among the many educational opportunities that present themselves throughout life to those with the capacity and tools for learning any subject.
Dual credit and guest courses via Northfield@Friends are some of the subject-matter opportunities Northfield offers to those who have reached dialectical maturity and still wish to continue their studies at Northfield. However, we like to think that any opportunities available to the dialectically mature student deserve consideration.
That said, past Northfielders have been accepted to study in schools far from home like Oxford University, Kenyon College, University of the South, New York University, Vanderbilt University, Tufts University, University of Virginia, Wheaton College, Sarah Lawrence College, Clemson University, Williams College, Austin College, Reed College and The Air Force Adademy as well as at local schools like Friends University, Wichita State University, University of Kansas, and Kansas State University.
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