Academic Philosophy

Our academic faculty is drawn from some of the world’s leading universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, St Andrews, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, the Sorbonne, Salamanca, and Pompeu Fabra. Last year our faculty consisted of more than 28 Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars.

Our creative courses, meanwhile, are taught by professionals selected for their talent, their professional experience, and their ability to inspire our students. Led by these outstanding teachers, and working in small classes, our courses immerse students in subjects about which they are passionate while helping them discover the spectacular cities and cultures in which they are living.

A strong emphasis on experiential learning turns Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona, Salamanca, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston into living classrooms. Every day, our classes set out to use the resources of these exceptional cities as pedagogical tools. Students hold classes in some of the world’s greatest museums and galleries - MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, or the Ashmolean.

They hone their debating skills in Oxford’s famous Union, unravel the mysteries of the human genome in Cambridge, and refine their writing skills in venues that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Baudelaire, and Hemingway. They investigate the mysteries of Classical Antiquity on the shores of the Mediterranean, learn about business and finance on Wall Street, the business of movie-making in Hollywood, the real Macbeth in St Andrews, study architecture visiting Gaudí’s masterpieces, confront the manifold challenges of Musical Theater on Broadway, and discover Philosophy in the cafés in which Sartre argued with Camus. They perfect their French in the medieval heart of Montpellier and practice their Spanish in the medieval cloisters of Salamanca.

Shortly after the program all students and their parents receive a comprehensive set of grade-sheets, presenting their course syllabus and highlighting their specific efforts and contributions during the month. Most of our alums later ask for formal transcripts that they include in their college applications.

To make the experience even more meaningful, and to consolidate the learning process, each course culminates in a final project, a shared presentation or portfolio work, a performance piece, or a staged exhibition.

From Advertising and Archeology to War in World History and Zoology – via French, Spanish, Latin, Business, Politics, Law, and Medicine – we seek to expose students to an unparalleled breadth and wealth of learning. Our aim is to excite them with the intellectual and cultural opportunities these great centers of learning and creation have to offer, to introduce them to excellent teachers, to enrich their experience, and to indulge their love of learning.