Focus on Intellectual Curiosity

At the height of the Cold War, a “Sputnik curriculum,” with an overemphasis on science, is promulgated as a way for the United States to regain the technological advantage over the Soviet Union it seems to have lost. George School chooses not to narrow its academic program and instead emphasizes intellectual and moral qualities, strengthened by an internationalist outlook in classroom teaching, programs abroad, and a steady stream of foreign visitors. Nevertheless, George School offers a new course in physics that William Burton (teacher, 1939–1973) helps create, a new mathematics curriculum, an international school affiliation program, and a new foreign language (Russian).

Very able students are challenged with college-level work, and as a result, are able to go on to college with advanced standing.