Each of our schools will have its own Center of Excellence (C.O.E.) in which students work with mentors (including Whittle parents) to explore an area of interest with unprecedented depth and focus. Modeled on research institutes at leading liberal arts colleges and universities, C.O.E.s will connect the Whittle learning community with the world beyond our classrooms. In state-of-the art C.O.E. labs located at the threshold of our campuses, students will work in cohorts guided by C.O.E. directors to develop their expertise in a particular area.
Our global network of C.O.E.s will develop students’ learning along STEM and humanities pathways and foster design, communication, and problem-solving skills. Our older students will travel abroad with peers to other Whittle campuses to work in C.O.E.s to develop global leadership and cultural competencies.
Personalized C.O.E portfolio projects will support the college application process. In the future, we expect our older students will obtain meaningful college credit for their advanced project-based work. Whittle is also developing strategic partnerships with think tanks, top liberal arts colleges, research universities, and cultural institutions to create valuable engagement opportunities for all of our students.
Our Plans for the Early Centers of Excellence