posted at 9:20 am Mon Mar 29th, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)
The Highlands program at Harwood is designed for middle school students, freshmen, and sophomores who want to succeed in traditional classes, but who are looking for a more personal approach to learning.
Our goal is to help students begin middle and high school successfully and continue to support each student's academic success.
In the Highlands high school World Studies and Teen Explorations courses, students have been investigating both the traditional and the social histories of the people, places, and cultures in their local community, in Vermont, and in the United States, taking an even closer look at the ways in which New Americans (immigrants) have and are shaping the face of the American culture.
Students are grappling with some tough questions to help navigate the learning that is taking place. Students are discussing and investigating the impacts of incorporating culturally and ethnically diverse groups, such as refugees, into Vermont communities, and contemplating ways in which we benefit from this demographic shift, and ways to overcome potential challenges. To bring this learning to life, we have partnered with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Project to undertake service-learning opportunities.
Students are also taking a look at the impact of culture on their own lives by examining their own cultural identity and identifying the challenges of maintaining both a personal and cultural identity amongst a diversifying population.
The journey through intercultural understanding will lead us to New York City. In May, we are taking Highlands students to the portal of American ancestry - Ellis Island. At the gateway to the "New World," our students will discover a piece of history that may give insight into their own families' past and themselves.
458 Route 100, Duxbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)