High School Extracurriculars
Rising 9th Grade Summer Program
The Rising 9th Grade Summer Program orients students to the High School, a typical High School day, and the expectations of the High School curriculum. This summer program helps students maintain the skills learned the previous year, introduces them to some of the High School faculty, and gives students the confidence to succeed in High School. The program evaluates a student’s mathematical skills, and in some cases, after consulting with the 8th Grade teachers, students may finish the Algebra I course during the summer. All 8th Grade students are urged to attend this program.
Trips and Field Experiences
Howard School trips and field experiences are extensions of the High School’s yearly theme and/or course curriculum. Trips include:
Charleston, SC: Students learn the importance of this city, both from an historical perspective and as a modern port city.
Selma, Birmingham, and Montgomery, AL: Students take a civil rights tour through these historic cities to engage with concepts of inclusion, diversity, and bias, and the importance of the Civil Rights Movement in our country.
Key Largo, FL: Students learn about the interdependent marine ecosystem of the Florida Keys through discussions, hands-on labs, field expeditions, and snorkeling excursions.
Washington, DC: Students learn about the foundations of the American government by visiting historical landmarks, memorials, museums, and the importance of nation’s Capitol.
A core tradition at The Howard School each January is “Minimester,” during which all High School students have the opportunity to take three different enrichment courses taught by Howard School faculty and staff, as well as parents and friends of The Howard School.
National Honor Society (NHS)
The Howard School Chapter of the National Honor Society seeks to develop students’ experience with leadership and awareness of civic duty through planning and carrying out group service projects. At meetings, student members share their observations about leadership as well as their experiences with both the group and individual service they give. Juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible for consideration for membership based on their demonstrated academics, character, service, and leadership.
The Honor Council was founded in 2006 to empower students to be leaders in setting the tone of honesty and respect within the High School student community. The Honor Council’s task is to uphold The Howard School Honor Code, a document written and ratified by students in 2006 and re-ratified in 2011 and 2019, respectively. A student who is charged with an honor code offense will attend a hearing before the Honor Council, a group of students who are anonymously elected by their peers each school year. With the guidance of a faculty sponsor, the Honor Council students recommend an appropriate consequence and follow up plan of action for any student who violates the Honor Code. Rather than punishment that is arbitrary and out of context, the goals of the Honor Council decisions are restitution/giving back to the community, students’ learning from their mistakes, and students’ mending relationships with faculty and/or peers.
The Associated Student Body (ASB), or the High School student government organization run by the students for the students. Elected leaders include: president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. The group is responsible for heading up projects and events that address various aspects of volunteerism, fundraising, and student activities. All High School students are invited to join ASB for their weekly lunch meetings.
On most Fridays, students participate in self-selected club activities. Clubs are formed each year based on student interests.
Evening of the Arts
In May, our elective classes (Drama, Art, Journalism & Music) come together for an evening event to showcase the work they have done throughout the year in those classes. Our art class installs artwork for a gallery showing, complete with curated artifacts and the artists themselves sharing their installations. Our music classes rock out with a selection of songs that they have chosen to highlight their talents. Our drama classes stage a one or two act performance in our Blackbox Theater and the school’s literary magazine, The Phoenix, will be displayed.
Homework Hour is an after-school program available for all Howard High Schoolers who need a quiet environment for homework and project completion. Support teachers supervise Homework Hour and offer academic/homework help to the students. Homework Hour runs daily from 3pm-4pm and is free of charge.
Cross-Curricular themes and crosscutting concepts are used as mental tools to allow students to engage in and observe complex phenomenon across the disciplines, resulting in increased complexity of understanding and depth of thinking.