Course of Study

In the pursuit of whole-person education, Haven’s curricula and culture is designed to cultivate a confidence and literacy in the natural world through classical arts and science education. Education in this deep and comprehensive sense extends beyond the classroom and is more than mere acquisition of skills and knowledge; it encompasses the whole of one‘s life. At Haven we take education seriously because we take children seriously. We honor the dignity of their humanity and encourage them to actively pursue the purpose they were made for. For this reason, Haven seeks to involve families actively in the life of the school and in the education of their children.
 
Our courses keep the classical tradition in a nature-centric environment. Our model uses classic texts across the curriculum, inquiry based learning, and real life practice to teach young people to contemplate and comprehend the world with the goal of finding their own place in it.

Studio
Art
&
Nature
Illustration
Haven's art course cultivates three branches: nature illustration, imitating the masters, and art in community. This course teaches specific art mediums: pencil/pen drawing, and watercolors, with the goal of fostering a love of beauty and creating that equips students for creative work and builds confidence for any skill acquisition.
 
Middle school students study art foundations I+II with a focus on nature notebooking and developing the ability to indentify and imitate great works of art.
 
High school students
practice botanical and nature illustration while deepening their appreciation and historical understanding of the masters.

ART

Classical
Performance
In the Classical Tradition the arts and sciences have always been taught side by side. Learning to speak well and act with confidence is an integral part of a whole-person education. Our Classical Performance course consists of the study of public speaking, rhetoric, drama, and the stage. During the first semester students learn public speaking and rhetorical skills through weekly instruction and class assignments. The second semester offers drama and theater through the study and production of Shakespeare's most famous plays. Students form new bonds in friendship and community while sharing the challenges Haven's rhetoric and drama curriculum provides.
 

CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE

Science
through
Nature
Haven's Science through Nature courses are designed to spark wonder, contemplative reasoning, and connections with the natural world.
 
Middle school students formally study earth and life sciences through living books and the natural world that surrounds us.
 
High school students study biology, chemistry, and physics with a focus on observation and inquiry; outdoors and in the laboratory. 
 
Nature is our classroom and weather permitting we participate in outdoor studies. Haven cultivates an understanding of and participation in earth care by integrating permaculture and naturalist skills into our curriculum. 

SCIENCE