Academics at GFA are rigorous. The foundation of the curriculum is traditional, yet the teaching is innovative, and together these lay a solid foundation for how to learn and to ask questions. As a student progresses through the divisions, teachers place increased emphasis on independent learning, research, critical thinking, and problem solving. Upper School students are frequently involved in an independent study, off-campus study, or a special project that connects them to schools, cultures, and current events around the world.
Many GFA classes are centered around the Harkness Table, where students engage each other in discussion, defending and exchanging ideas, skillfully guided by their teachers, who look for ways to connect students with their passions. We encourage students to question assumptions, to think critically, and to be intellectually curious.
GFA’s campus provides numerous opportunities for study of the natural environment. Recent additions to the curriculum in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), sustainability, robotics, World Perspectives Program, including International Relations and Economics, and the Global Online Academy give students an enormous range of classes and projects to explore.
It is true that GFA promotes a culture of achievement, but at the same time, asks students to work together, to be mindful of each other.