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Educational Philosophy

At Seven Hills, our educational philosophy drives everything we do. We believe, of course, in setting students up for a successful college career. But we also want to play a role in preparing them for the rest of their lives. That’s why we intentionally model and teach our values to our students every day.


Our teachers share a commitment to continuously developing their lessons and methods based on new research and best practices. The result is an intentional, future-focused curriculum that helps students become skilled problem solvers, empathetic leaders, and compassionate human beings.

At Seven Hills, we:
  • Believe that learning should be engaging and relevant.
  • Use teaching methods designed to ensure that students acquire the intellectual and social skills they need to thrive in an increasingly complex global community.
  • Focus not only on the acquisition of knowledge, but on inquiry, discovery, and the application of skills to meaningful problem-solving.
  • Teach students to make choices, to manage their time, to think critically and creatively, and, above all, to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Are committed to exploring educational best practices and to adapting our instructional methods to advances in technology and developments in the world



At Seven Hills, our classrooms are open, nurturing, and highly participatory. Teachers guide students through a journey of self-discovery while getting to know their individual learning styles and interests. By giving students the freedom to explore and experience new things, we help them become confident in who they are and what they want to do.

At Seven Hills, we believe that:
  • Students learn best when they work in an atmosphere of open inquiry and mutual respect.
  • The school should provide a safe, supportive, and challenging environment, with clear goals and high expectations for student achievement and conduct.
  • Education is relationship-based and that students learn best when teachers fully understand the interests, motivations, and individual learning styles of each of their students.
  • The school should provide the widest possible range of opportunities for students to explore personal interests and develop individual talents.
  • Extracurricular and athletic activities should be open to all students who wish to participate, regardless of their innate ability.



We believe that who students are is just as important as what they know. That’s why we explicitly model and teach our values to our students from a very early age. As they grow into their own person, we strive to nurture their intellectual, moral, and social skills, so that they can become engaged, articulate, and responsible citizens of the world.

At Seven Hills, we:
  • Believe that the school, in partnership with our families, plays a critical role in helping students develop character and core values.
  • Strive to nurture the intellectual, aesthetic, moral, and social skills our students will need to become engaged citizens and responsible leaders.
  • See our teachers, administrators, and staff as role models, mentors, and collaborators, engaging with students in meaningful and mutually respectful ways.
  • Value individuality and believe that a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives enriches our community.
  • Encourage students and faculty to be actively involved in their communities, making us all more aware of the needs of others.

View The Seven Hills Educational Philosophy in PDF form here.