Each of our schools will have its own Center of Excellence (COE) 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, COEs will connect the Whittle learning community with the world beyond our classrooms. In state-of-the art COE labs located at the threshold of our campuses, students will work in cohorts guided by COE directors to develop their expertise in a particular area.
Our global network of COEs 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 COEs to develop global leadership and cultural competencies.
Personalized COE 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
Whittle Centers of Excellence Foster Eight Areas of Student Skill Development
- Global Leadership and Citizenship
- Independent Research aligned with Global Competence and Guided Research with Expert Mentors
- Advanced Portfolio Project Work, Archiving, and Publication
- Collaboration with Diverse Teams across our Global Network
- Advanced Design Thinking and Presentation Skills
- Social Responsibility and Community Outreach
- Digital Citizenship, Literacy, and Training in Cutting-Edge Technologies
- Emotional Intelligence and Strategic Communication Skills
COE themes of inquiry are selected to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Global Goals. Students will be guided by mentors around the world to develop portfolio projects that address some of the greatest challenges our planet faces.