Providing gifted young adults minds opportunities to explore their potential and grow as individuals.
High School at Rainard combines the support of a structured education with the freedom of an independent study program. This combination creates a specialized environment that caters to the strengths of gifted young adults and helps prepare them for extensive university-level studies.
Together, our challenging curriculum and experienced, engaged teachers empower students to thrive educationally. In addition to classroom learning, our High School students also enjoy spring and fall extended travel events, numerous field trips, and various creative and social activities including music, theater, and a weekly after-school “High School Hangout” gathering.
Differentiated learning is a vital component in all Rainard classrooms, and continues through graduation. Our gifted education begins with our small class sizes—without a low student/teacher ratio, genuine differentiated learning cannot take place.
When students receive continual attention, teachers are able to deliver individual learning plans, on-going evaluation of needs and abilities, and personal attention to social and emotional development. These crucial elements afford Rainard students the differentiated learning environment that gifted students need to thrive and reach their full potential.
Our High School classes emphasize in-depth exploration, thoughtful inquiry and creative problem-solving. Required courses are challenging and help our students develop the academic discipline needed for college. Each year, the graduation requirements and individual interests of the High School students influence our class offerings. Classes always include math, science, social studies, language arts, physical education, and a foreign language.
A Sample Class Offering
Language Arts: English I-IV; Shakespearean Comedies; History of the Mystery; Speech
Social Studies: U.S. History; World History; Economics; Government; Human Geography; International Relations
Science: Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Earth & Space Science; Anatomy & Physiology; Astronomy
Math: Algebra I & II; Geometry; Trigonometry; Calculus; Numerical Analysis; Finite Math; Statistics; Number Theory; Intermediate Analysis; Real Analysis; Linear Algebra; Abstract Algebra
Electives: Computer Science; Geometry in Art & Architecture; Engineering; Psychology; Spanish; French; Art; Theater; Music; TV & Broadcasting; Research Skills
From the outset of their time at Rainard, students are encouraged and challenged to develop their academic interests and to evolve as independent thinkers. The culmination of this process is the Senior Thesis.
Our Senior Thesis program provides a unique opportunity for students to conduct original research or a substantial project in a subject of their choosing. In addition to a written or another tangible deliverable, each student delivers a speech, demonstration, or performance based on their thesis at our graduation ceremony.
The only limitation on thesis subjects are our students’ imaginations (and, of course, reasonable budgets and timelines.) With typically two years to complete their projects, students have selected lofty goals. Senior Theses have included:
- A fantasy novel about a monumental world,
- A modern-day symphony,
- A collection of custom-made costumes incorporating contemporary trends in high fashion,
- A charitable construction project that will be a legacy to our school,
- And sophisticated game software that could be a “game-changer.”
Our Senior Thesis program affords students the chance to enhance skills that are the foundation of future success, including creativity, intellectual engagement, mental discipline, and the ability to meet new challenges.
Students learn to master time and expectations. Along the way, they must handle disappointing setbacks. When faced with an inevitable roadblock, they must adjust their plans. As they progress, they begin to understand what it means to set realistic goals and how to work efficiently towards their completion.
Ultimately, the most valuable outcome of our Senior Thesis is personal growth. Since students also learn fun and useful things along the way, our Senior Thesis program serves its purpose well.
We are proud of how our Seniors do when they leave us! Since the inception of our High School in 2007, we have graduated an accomplished group of young, gifted minds. Our graduates are well-prepared to meet the academic and social/emotional challenges of the finest public, private, and specialty colleges and universities across the country. Our students have wonderful choices, and this list reflects the wide range of their talents and aspirations.
- Alex B.—Trinity University
- Alex N.—College of Wooster
- Bailey—Savannah College of Art and Design
- Brice—The University of Idaho
- Daniel—Colorado College
- Ellen—The University of St. Thomas
- Emily—Gap Year
- Enrique—The University of Houston; Honors College
- Iris—The University of Houston
- Joe—The Florida Institute of Technology
- John C.—New York University
- John H.—Texas A&M
- Leighton—Colorado School of Mines
- Max—Johns Hopkins University
- Micah—Polytechnic Institute of New York University
- Michael—Stephen F. Austin State University
- Molly—Harding University
- Oscar—Northeastern University
- Veronica—New York University