Description and mission: Knight School is a week of mini-courses offered on a pass-incomplete basis, where the usual academic schedule is suspended and students enroll in one of several elective course options. A continuing experiment in expanding the boundaries and possibilities of the academy, Knight School has two interrelated and primary purposes: to find new ways to foster joy in learning and engagement, and to honor student interest and initiative by providing experiences and opportunities that do not routinely exist in the Menlo School curricula. While all Knight School courses engage the intellect, they might also address the hand and the heart, the physical and empathic dimensions of experience.
What’s new? This year’s catalog, our first that’s available only online, is greener and organized differently than earlier catalogs. It features 35 courses, 14 of which are co-taught or initiated by students, and includes five with strong community service emphases, more than ever. Perhaps in a nod to our new and extraordinary Creative Arts and Design Center, the catalog features the most arts-oriented courses we’ve had, and eleven courses involving at least one night of overnight travel, the same number as last year, when more students travelled than ever before. Two former Knight School faculty members, one a former photography teacher and one a college-level instructor, will be teaching Knight School courses this year. Finally, three overnight courses, Botswana, Nicaragua and Panama, are eligible for support from the new Global Programs and Studies program because they combine academics with community service and student initiative to immersive travel in the developing world.
Why February? Knight School ’13, our second Knight School week in the winter term, will be held from February 11 to February 15. Next school year, Knight School ’14 will move back to the Spring. The main reason for the yearly toggle of the Knight School date is to allow both our winter and spring varsity athletes a greater array of course options, particularly in overnight travel. Toggling the dates also allows teachers and students to take advantage of the different opportunities the different seasons afford.
Knight School Director: Peter Brown
Knight School Assistant Director: Cathy Rettberg
Knight School Travel Logistics Coordinator: Bianca Nakayama
Knight School Parent Liaisons: Cathy Glazer, Vicki Woolf
Knight School Advisory Committee: Michael Brody, Christopher Cassidy ’15, Daniel Chan ’15, Maxwell Coleman ’13, James Dann, Kate Dumanian ’14, Edwige Gamache, Randy Joss, Brittney Kidwell ’15, Bridgett Longust, Tripp Robbins, Craig Schoof, Lexi van Lighten ’15, Mark Warren, Caroline Wheeler ’14