Our Academic life at Hoosac is not limited to the classroom. On any given day, a discussion begun in an Ethics class may find its way into that evening’s dinner conversation in the dining hall. A biblical passage read in morning chapel could easily become part of a lecture in a British Literature class that same afternoon. A tutoring session may start in a classroom, but it could continue on the walk back to the dorms after an afternoon athletic event. Ideas, discussion, and discovery are the heart of the academic experience at Hoosac and they shape every part of our day.
Because of our frequent and thorough monitoring of each student’s academic growth, our commitment to nurturing the academic individuality of each student, and our fervent belief that there is no such thing as a student who can’t succeed, we pride ourselves in having created an atmosphere where students can discover their academic strengths and overcome their academic weaknesses.
Different students learn in different ways and at different rates. In our adherence to the principles of Mastery Teaching, our educational philosophy at Hoosac embraces a diversity of learning styles in our academic community. Because Mastery Teaching begins by identifying a student’s academic needs and then creates an academic experience that meets those needs, it is a method especially successful with students who have been academically labeled, students who have been overlooked in larger academic settings, and students who have yet to discover the academic success they can and should have.