Imagine a school wholeheartedly dedicated to creating a learning experience around the unique needs and passions of each student. That’s Greenhills. In intensely smart classes, our teachers push students to know the depth of what they’re truly capable of — from Jazz and 2D Design to Conceptual Physics.
By Betsy Ellsworth, Director of College Counseling at Greenhills School As if the process of considering and applying for colleges doesn’t feel overwhelming enough for students and parents, COVID-19 has added an extra variable that is leaving many feeling uncertain about what to do. College Counseling departments like ours have continued to communicate with colleges across the country, and we want to share with you some of the things we’ve learned. The silver lining is that it’s not all gloom and doom. While COVID-19 has brought a level of uncertainty about the immediate future, students are also seeing new opportunities that didn’t exist just weeks ago.
Times of crisis can bring out the best of humanity. Although the scope of this pandemic is uncertain, one constant has been the overwhelming outpouring of generosity. Whether working on the frontlines, sewing masks, donating blood or checking-in on elderly neighbors, there are many stellar moments of selflessness.
According to Hamlet the “play’s the thing.” He couldn’t be more firm in his conviction that the actual performance of a text has the power to clarify and even rectify. Taking this instruction to heart the Shakespeare on Love Senior Seminar headed to Chicago so that they might better study the transition of the Bard’s work from page to stage. The object of their study, Romeo and Juliet as performed by the world famous Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Language and culture are inextricably linked. In our languages classes at Greenhills, we take advantage of all of the ways that each of our languages is linked with history, art, music, literature, politics, food, science, geography, dance, play, philosophy, daily life, and just about anything and everything. The areas we can tackle are limitless, hence the challenge and the fun. We can teach the fundamentals of language through ways that appeal to each of our own interests and passions, and to what is going in the world, our students’ lives, and school life in general.
For seven days in mid March, 44 fearless students and faculty members participated in the second annual Social Media Blackout Week Challenge sponsored by the Greenhills Mindfulness Club. For all seven days, participants logged out of their social media accounts (i.e., Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc.) and tracked their daily participation in a shared Google Doc.
And we do our very best to draw it out daily. On average, any two people have 99.9% identical DNA. That means what makes you you is what comes from that remaining 0.1%. At Greenhills, we've crafted our entire 6th- through 12th-grade experience (and our approach to teaching) to unleash the full power of that 0.1%. So you can go out into the world — uniquely and confidently you. A one-of-a-kind work of art with the ability to do anything you set your very distinctive brain to.