The Prout School is a college preparatory school. Our curriculum is designed to teach our students how to think and to provide them with solid, yet challenging, instruction in line with the mission of The Prout School.
Our academic program includes a rigorous college preparatory track (CP) and an honors track that presents qualified students with the opportunity to take more academically demanding honors courses (H) and even more rigorous courses in either the International Baccalaureate (IB) program or as Advanced Placement (AP). Both IB and AP courses offer the opportunity to earn college credit. They also have value, however, in the college admissions process, since some colleges place a special emphasis on students taking the most rigorous courses that they are able to. Additionally, students can apply to become full IB diploma candidates. More information on this is provided in the IB section.
It may be helpful to underscore that, as a college preparatory school admitting students with varying academic interests and abilities, both students and parents are asked to consider that not every course is well suited to the academic needs of every child. Indeed, careful consideration must be given to appropriate student placement. Students should seek optimum performance, but this does not mean that all students need to be in honors or advanced courses. Students preparing for college need to be aware that a strong performance in a course is also desirable, and that poor performance in an honors section may not be viewed as impressive.
I should also note that a school record involves more than academics alone. It is both healthy and educationally productive to have a balanced high school experience. Students are encouraged to participate in a number of extra-curricular and athletic activities that best suit their interest and abilities.
Finally, as a Catholic school, we are committed to the faith and ethical development of the students who share their lives with us. We believe this aspect of student growth should be more than accidental, and that our mission drives us to recognize the importance of this dimension and to assist students in their spiritual growth and formation.