by the Hudson Admissions Department
There are many aspects to consider when talking about a “balanced” curriculum. Today, let’s talk about one area – providing balance within a broad range of subject courses and the impact of doing so.
We believe that when a school has an academic environment that values a balanced curriculum, students will feel more encouraged to explore their passions and talents in new areas. Students’ intellectual curiosity can also be explored on a bigger and more rich platform.
Most high school students are uncertain as to their future career path and they may come to school with more singular interests. Our academic environment with a balanced approach encourages them to explore possibilities, and challenges them to think more broad-based.
In order to help achieve this academic environment, a skills-based, cross-curricular program has been implemented throughout a wide range of compulsory and optional courses.
We are proud to say the impact of doing so is great. It is reflected in our graduates’ university program destinations.
According to our records, in the past ten years, 41% of Hudson female students went to university programs in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field, including Physical Science, Life Science, Health Science, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Computer Science and Technology. 59% went to study Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Business, Finance and Fine Arts. This ratio is quite balanced, considering that most female students in some schools leave to study Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in university.
Our male students’ university program choices have also reflected a balance during these same years, with 56% choosing the STEM field, and 44% selecting Arts and Business related fields.
On a school wide basis, 45% of Hudson graduates have chosen to study in the STEM field in the past ten years, and 55% of our grads went on to Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Business, Finance and Fine Arts fields.
Learning in a school that values a balanced curriculum will undoubtedly play a key role in helping our students succeed as they move forward. The future skills they will need will be developed and enhanced through a “melding” of disciplines – from STEM skills and Arts skills leading to creativity and teamwork. These are the types of dynamic skill-sets employers seek. This is the balance that the future requires.
How does teamwork factor into all of this? See our next Hudson blog for a viewpoint.