Freshman Humanities at Dunn School

Teachers Laura Fox and Alex Wescott present an overview of Dunn’s ninth grade integrated curriculum. The program takes a slightly different angle than many other integrated humanities programs.

Dunn’s program is shaped by skill development rather than integration by only theme or content.

In this integration of history and english classes, students come together over major writing assignments. Guided and directed by their teachers, students learn to work with sources and translate the thinking into papers though the writing process.

The program’s unique grading scale emphasizes and teaches the importance of process. Using a grading scale of “A, B, C, or Not Yet,” allows faculty to communicate that the piece isn’t done to the best a student’s ability and that it requires more work.

Dunn is a co-ed boarding school in Los Olivos, CA. To learn more, visit

Peter Baron is the Chief Evangelist at WhippleHill Communications, the owner of AdmissionsQuest, and a partner at edSocialMedia. Peter regularly blogs about school communication along with hosting the regular videocast series, Boarding School Campus Tours. You can find him on Google+.

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