Ensworth's High School offers integrated academics whose primary focus is to develop skills of growth and learning above and beyond the mastery of particular subjects.
The core curriculum at the High School Campus consists of teaching students essential skills of collaboration, communication, observation, curiosity, speculation and hypothesizing, evaluation and application of knowledge. The curriculum is designed to generate a synergy between disciplines that provides unity and coherence to the program, avoids duplication of effort, and allows each field of study to enhance the mastery of every other subject.

The Harkness table forms an integral part of the identity of the high school. The large oval table fosters active learning and physically unites the class, bringing teachers and students together to facilitate face-to-face interaction. The table emphasizes the importance of listening and speaking with respect and requires preparation and sustained engagement of the students.

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  • Writing Prose

    Director of the Sewanee School of Letters, Justin Taylor, made a visit to Dr. Kevin Brown’s new Writing Prose class. 
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  • Curiosity & Collaboration: The Harkness Method

    In grades 9-12, classes are held around oval Harkness tables where students and faculty engage in collaborative discourse, and every student is expected to be an active participant in the exploration and discussion of ideas. This approach to learning fosters deeper understanding and respectful dialogue among students, and alumni often mention the Harkness method as an element of their Ensworth experience that was key to their success in college.
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“Ensworth’s Harkness table method has taught me the value in collaboration, working with others, and achieving greatness together rather than individually.”
—MaeMae Wallace ’20

“The most college-preparatory aspects of Ensworth are probably the Harkness table and student-teacher relationships. I don’t know if I would be able to hold academic conversations or diplomatic discussions as well as I can now had I gone to a school with the traditional desk structure.”
—Jordan Yi ’20