Intellectual Values….Enduring Excellence
Stone Ridge’s curriculum places emphasis on thinking and writing, developing reasoning and problem solving skills, and engaging in creative yet disciplined self-expression.
When walking through a school, one does not expect to navigate around students stretching slinkies down the hallways or dodging Barbies dropping from above. One doesn’t expect to walk into a classroom where students are staging the storming of the Bastille with action figures or having to step over diagrams of the unit circles drawn on the sidewalk in chalk. This is, however, what our students expect when they walk into school every day because at Stone Ridge teachers and students work together to make education and learning come to life.
In a welcoming classroom environment, our teachers and students engage and challenge each other to look at concepts from different perspectives and through unconventional ways. The faculty are constantly experimenting with new and creative methods to help the students take risks in learning and come to a deeper understanding of their subject. Whether it be through the use of Google maps to follow Odysseus’ journey, through the creation of an iMovie for a class project, or in the staging of a crime scene to be solved by students in the Forensics Science class, it is clear that the learning process is pouring out from our classrooms and into the halls and homes. In creating an atmosphere of inquiry, practice, and collaboration, Stone Ridge prepares young women for success by instilling in them a life-long love of learning.
The strong academic program offered at Stone Ridge is a unique program, which fully embraces Goal II of Sacred Heart education, “…to educate to a deep respect for intellectual values.”
Stone Ridge helps students understand that there is always something more to learn, and in learning more they are not only making themselves better; they are making the world better.
- Fine and Performing Arts
- History and Social Sciences
- Theology (courses are one-half unit)
- World Languages
- Detailed Course of Study
- Introduction to Literature & Composition
- British Literature
- British Literature - Honors
- American Literature
- AP English Language and Composition: American
- AP English Literature and Composition: World Literature
- Creative Writing
- Detective Elective
- Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales to Modern Literature
- Short Stories: Voices and Visions from Around the World
- Modern World Drama and Film
- Literature of the African Diaspora
- Everyone but Shakespeare
- Women's Literature from Around the World
* Note: electives are offered only during certain semesters
Students in the Upper School at Stone Ridge are encouraged to become independent learners, who are self-aware and able to self-advocate. Most academic support in Upper School is provided through classroom differentiation and direct extra help from faculty. Students make appointments to see their teachers during free periods, break, lunch, before school, and after school. When additional learning support is necessary, learning specialists will assist in determining a course of action.
Upper School Learning Specialists:
- Provide small group/individual meetings.
- Students who have documented learning differences and have demonstrated the need for additional learning support meet on a regular basis.
- Specific study skills strategies are available for all students on a drop-in basis.
- Communicate student learning differences and approved accommodations to teachers.
- Work with teachers to develop in-class support structures for students with learning differences.
- Make referrals for psychological-educational testing and are the school liaisons to educational psychologists.
- Document each student’s accommodations through a Student Success Plan.
- Assist families in applying for College Board/ACT testing accommodations.
Learning Specialist Team:
Learning Specialist (1st and 4th Academic Students)
Learning Specialist (2nd and 3rd Academic Students)