Reimagining Teaching and Learning at Andover

In the Spring of 2020, Phillips Academy will pilot a one-term, interdisciplinary School within a School. This undertaking will be open to graduating seniors. There will be informational sessions for seniors soon after they return for the year, followed by a process in which students express their interest in the program. Decisions will be conveyed to seniors by September 30.

Our vision for student learning is capture in our mission statement:

The School within a School at Andover promotes a liberal arts education unconstrained by academic disciplines, campus boundaries, and a traditional schedule. This program is founded on the conviction that collaborative, interdisciplinary learning can be a transformative experience for both students and teachers, a pathway that meaningfully connects us to our natural world.

The community of students will learn alongside eight different faculty members and will engage in a mix of on- and off-campus work. Sample projects will include a study of the data connected to the Town of Andover’s efforts to create a greener town, an analysis of economic opportunity done in partnership with Harvard Professor Raj Chetty’s Opportunity Insights project, and a range of on-campus learning about ethics, art, science, and history.

Because of the interdisciplinary and project-based nature of this undertaking, students will not receive a typical Andover transcript for this term. Instead, the faculty will articulate a small group of mastery credits, and students will provide evidence of learning in these broad areas.

Questions about this program may be directed to tanginstitute@andover.edu.

2019-2020 SWS Faculty Members

  • Andrea Bailey, Instructor in Biology
  • Chris Jones, Chair of the History and Social Science Department
  • Rafael Kelman, Instructor in Art
  • Corrie Martin, Instructor in English
  • Nicholas Zufelt, Instructor in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Collaborators:
  • LaShawn Springer, director of community
  • Monique Cueto-Potts, director of community engagement