At Huntington-Surrey, we ensure that our students acquire the critical thinking skills that will open the way to becoming successful adults. We are committed to teaching each of our students how to think, not what to think.
College prep looks different for different students. That means that we find the students where they are and help to build them up so that they can perform at their best. Our small class sizes means that one's teachers and classmates are accessible.
In general, our curriculum is focused on taking deeper dives into content areas. Instead of simply requiring loads of memorization, we challenge our students to figure out how to find the information they are seeking. We require them to learn about reliable sources and to discern how we know what is true and real vs. what is biased or fake. Our students think critically as we challenge them to determine how that information is used and how it should be used. We ask them to think about how information connects to their own lives as well as the lives of others around the globe.
Though we are serious about education, we are also serious about having fun. We all take time to laugh and do fun activities that bring deeper understanding by "getting our hands dirty" - sometimes literally. You may see students working in the garden, devising ways to make a Twinkie function as a boat, jamming on their guitars, or acting in a satirical video.
We love unique individuals! We know that the kids who think divergently and can see the world from different angles are the problem solvers and leaders of tomorrow.
Our overarching goal is to prepare students for college and whatever path they take after graduating.
As a fully accredited high school, we offer all core curriculum and electives that satisfy the Texas Education Agency's high school graduation requirements. Students may opt to take Honors or Advanced coursework for many of our core classes.
Unique to Huntington-Surrey is the 1-1 literature class modeled on the Oxford Tutorial approach. Currently, freshmen and sophomores participate in "1-1 lit," in which each student meets once per week with a literature teacher. During student-led discussion, the teacher and student address the themes, literary devices, etc. that the student has discovered (and journaled about) as he/she/they read during the prior week.
We also provide a College Prep class for Juniors and College Advisory for Seniors. We guide students as they consider college entrance exams, write college essays, choose colleges, and learn about financial responsibility and college life.
We additionally work with Austin Community College so that we can offer their Dual Credit Program to our students.
Every spring we allow our students to be the driving force behind our electives by having them fill out elective request forms. We take their requests and whenever possible, make then happen. Past electives have included anything and everything from home economics to neuropsychology. Our in-house general courses offered include but are not limited to:
9th Grade: Algebra 1 or Geometry, Biology, World Geography, English I with Oxford Tutorial Style 1:1 Literature
10th Grade: Geometry or Algebra II, Physics, World History, English II with Oxford Tutorial Style 1:1 Literature
11th Grade: Algebra II or Precalculus, Chemistry, US History, English III, College Prep
12th Grade: Precalculus or Calculus, Senior Science Seminar or Advanced Physics, US Gov/Econ, English IV, College Advisory
Languages other than English:
Latin, French, Spanish, ASL
Regular Electives: Yearbook/Lit magazine, Music, Art, PE/Yoga, College Advisory, Communications
Other Electives that vary semester to semester can include:
Technology, Theatre, Photography, Astronomy, Neurobiology, and other options based on student input
Our school offers core academic classes and languages on Monday through Thursday from 8:15 am - 3:25 pm. Friday's vibe is different - electives are offered from from 9 am - 12 pm.
Friday study hall offers a chance for students to catch up on missing work from noon to 2 pm.
Students who choose classes a la carte or to take core classes and electives outside of school have shortened schedules.
**Due to Covid-19, IF a return to virtual schooling is necessary, class times would be somewhat reduced in order to give our students time to get away from their computers between classes.**