High School

Our Philosophy

The Laurel School faculty understand that many students who learn differently are especially creative and innovative. High School is a time to build independence, learn self-advocacy, and explore personal interests and passions. Our students thrive when given the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their mastery of material in ways that are unique to their original ways of thinking, although they may differ from traditional pathways.  Our High School, based on the Laurel School Competencies, was designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of non-traditional learners while setting them on a clear path for success in high school, college, and life. We feel it is important for students to gather knowledge from academic learning while also applying their knowledge as world citizens.  In keeping with our focus on competency-based education, we are members of the Mastery Transcript Consortium (mastery.org)  so that each Laurel School Graduate can build a transcript that reflects their unique skills, strengths, and interests.  A Mastery Transcript allows the flexibility and freedom to facilitate a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum, with learning opportunities in a traditional classroom setting, in the community through internships or service projects, and through independent study,  that will best prepare our students for a complex and interconnected world.

High School Curriculum

Humanities (History and LA- Themes for each year mirror  NJCCCS grade level  curriculum))

Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental/Earth, Independent Study for Capstone)

Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre- Calculus, Calculus)

Health, Physical Education, Executive Functioning, Financial Literacy, College Transitions/Junior Seminar

Capstone Project

Electives in Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Technology

Specialized/ Individualized Reading Instruction – Including vocabulary building and standardized test prep  with programs like Membean, and morphology/ Greek and Latin roots instruction in addition to grade level appropriate  literature to improve reading comprehension.

College Planning Guide