7 Essential Skills

To prepare students to be lifelong learners, responsible citizens, successful college students, and productive adults. To encourage students to embrace the joys, challenges, and rewards of a life of the mind and of a life guided by ethical considerations.

Examples abound of Governor’s commitment to, and success in, equipping graduates with Seven Essential Skills.

A member of our science department is collaborating with Charles Fadel, a scholar in residence at Harvard and MIT who is leading an international effort to rethink the foundations of high school curricula. Science students also learn to adapt to new situations through our summer Catalyst Internships.

Members of our mathematics department are developing a new, problem-based learning curriculum for geometry that will reinforce in a powerful way the critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in the 21st century.

All juniors research and write a thesis paper of at least 10 to 15 pages in U.S. History. In addition to gaining analytical and communication skills, our students are routinely recognized by The Cum Laude Society, one of the most prestigious secondary school honor societies in the world. A Governor’s student has won the regional competition (52 schools) in six of the last ten years for the best scholarly paper.

To more intentionally foster curiosity, awareness, and action relating to global issues, our faculty has developed a unifying theme for the 2014-15 school year. Students will make connections that transcend the boundaries of their classrooms by exploring the theme of Water in science, history, literature, the arts, and social action. This will encourage creativity and original thinking as it helps students understand themselves as members of a larger community.

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