Birchwood School of Hawken has built its superior academic curriculum upon history, contemporary research, and benchmarks derived from premiere academic programs in the U.S. This approach allows us to borrow the best academic programming from history while having the flexibility to improve our educational content and strategies as scientific research and real-world practice unfold new possibilities.

The Importance of History

Knowing the importance of history, Birchwood has learned from elements of education that helped produce great scientists, mathematicians, historians, and writers. Great education is not a mystery nor is it a new phenomenon. History shows us recurring themes of good education. It teaches us how masters learned their subject matter and made significant contributions to their discipline. 

Supported by Contemporary Research

Contemporary research supports and enhances what we learn from history. Its scientific findings confirm the lessons of history and can lead to innovative methodology and practice. Research in brain function, social and emotional development, motivation and competency, and self-determination helped us hone our curriculum.

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In our quest to build a superior academic curriculum, Birchwood looks to academic excellence in schools and curricular programming across the U.S. We unabashedly borrow great ideas from curricular innovations or classroom practices that have fostered exemplary academic achievement. At Birchwood, building a superior academic curriculum is our passion. It demands all of our energies and expects us to improve year after year.

Learn More

We invite you to click on each subject to discover of what makes our approach in-depth and unique as well as watch Birchwood School of Hawken co-founder Helene Debelak as she shares the special role reading plays in creating momentum for growth. Plus, learn more by clicking the H&L Video Series.