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Notes for Prospective Students
Our unique academic approach is exemplified by our required
Every three months students work with faculty
members, noted scholars and community members to produce, share,
and publish original work based on a provocative philosophical
Past Symposium topics have included “This Changes
Everything”, “A Dangerous Idea”, “Relative
or Absolute?” and “(De)Constructions”.
Through weekly symposium seminars, students learn to discern
reliable resources, perform close reading, and to organize and
A variety of creative activities and extensive
feedback help students overcome their “blocks” and
develop exciting, original projects.
Symposium projects are
published in Aporia, our school’s academic
Our required four-year Great Ideas curriculum combines history,
philosophy, and the sciences to address the perennial questions of
This cross-disciplinary program introduces
students to the important issues in Western and non-Western
thought, encouraging the use of historical and contemporary
examples to support students’ own emergent philosophical
Recent Great Ideas courses have included Free Will and
Determinism; Common Sense, Political Economy and World Affairs;
Caught in the Matrix; Epistemology, Skepticism and Truth; Mind,
Brain and Evolution; and Ethics and Technology. Our
Philosopher’s Toolkit seminar helps new students develop
higher order thinking skills in preparation for more advanced
Areté also offers exciting opportunities in math, science,
Our newly launched Neuroscience program offers
unique, in-depth exposure to a cutting-edge field.
Led by a
researcher from USC, the program offers hands-on learning
experiences and internship opportunities at premier research
We participate in the prestigious American
Mathematics Competition; last year, two of our students placed in
the top 1% in the nation.
The Areté Science Lab/Technology
Workshop is equipped with tools for exploration and invention,
including DNA sequencing equipment, forensics tools, electronics
components, a frictionless kinematics track, a 3D printer, Arduino
microcontrollers and sensors, robotics equipment, and more.
Our students also excel outside the classroom. We recently
joined the CIF and our Cross Country team is in its second year.
will be adding a swimming team this year, and basketball in the
near future. Participants in the Areté
Leadership Corps seminar develop and oversee their own community
service/experiential learning programs.
We offer one-on-one
learning opportunities and the opportunity to gain college credit
while in high school.
Areté emphasizes socioeconomic and
40% of our students obtain financial aid and
through our Scholarship Fund we actively recruit bright students
that lack the financial means to attend a private school.
We invite you to consider Areté for your highly qualified
While we fill up fast and space is limited, we are always
interested in meeting candidates.
I welcome you to visit our
campus, meet us and see if our high school is the right choice for