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The Honors Program

The Honors Program is open only to high school students who demonstrate strong writing and skills as well as the self-discipline and diligence needed for working independently.

The purpose of the Honors Program is to promote student achievement and to help students understand the continuing relevance of the Greek and Roman classics and of the literature and poetry of Western Civilization.

Students select their own readings from the Honors Program reading list, plan their own schedule for completing honors work during the year, and write a 5-7 page essay on a topic of their choice from the readings they have done each semester.

For students to succeed in the Honors Program, they must be willing to think deeply about ideas and issues which affect all humanity. They must be extremely diligent because they complete honors assignments independently with direction from the tutor.

Students who complete the Honors Program successfully receive honors cords to wear for their graduation.

If you are interested in the Honors Program, please contact the tutor for the Honors Program handbook. Please see Tuition, Terms, and Conditions for information about Honors Program tuition.


With the tutor’s permission, students may undertake honors work during the summer. They must apply for the Honors Program in addition to completing the regular registration form. Their honors credit may be added to any humanities course. Instruction from the tutor may occur online or in person, depending on the schedule of the tutor and the student.


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