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Greenhill School

4141 Spring Valley Rd.
Addison, TX 75001

(972) 628-5400


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"As the region’s first co-educational independent school, Greenhill School provides exceptional opportunities for academic achievement, intellectual growth, artistic fulfillment, physical development, moral awareness, and community responsibility. The school brings together students of considerable abilities; teachers with expertise in their disciplines and child development; a curriculum that embraces the liberal arts and sciences, fine arts, and athletics; and a steadfast commitment to diversity in its broadest sense.

"Greenhill’s program is organized into three divisions (Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School), coordinated by an integrated curriculum that provides a spectrum of challenging opportunities throughout. To achieve educational excellence and intellectual vitality, the program incorporates a full range of teaching styles and activities, with special emphasis on interdisciplinary and team approaches to student learning and growth. The fine arts and athletics are integral to the Greenhill experience. Both curricular programs and extracurricular activities in sports and the arts encourage the discovery of new disciplines, the development of new skills, and the establishment of new relationships. Greenhill graduates can expect to be highly competent in all domains of the curriculum and fully prepared for the academic rigors of collegiate life.

"As each student gains from Greenhill’s stimulating environment, so does each contribute to the learning process, to a debate or basketball team, to student government, to musical and dramatic productions, to younger students as role models, and to a variety of community service activities both on and off campus. These opportunities foster confidence, creativity, independence, responsibility, intellectual and moral integrity, and a courageous and generous engagement with life. In addition, because the Greenhill community seeks and supports diverse perspectives and values, Greenhill students are challenged to achieve high levels of understanding of themselves and respect for others. In keeping with this challenge, the school affirms its role as a community committed to the core principles of honor, respect, and compassion. Greenhill believes these principles are essential to its mission, an important part of which is to develop sound moral character and to increase empathy. All members of the community affirm these principles and strive to embody them on a daily basis.

"Greenhill’s faculty is exceptional in the breadth and depth of its experience and its enthusiasm for teaching. The faculty is the heart of the school. Greenhill’s teachers at every level are specialists who establish high standards and give students the tools and encouragement to meet them. It is a teacher’s responsibility to balance the challenges of the Greenhill environment with a sensitivity to the individual. An essential relationship develops in the classroom where the teaching is personal, exciting, and creative, and extends into the life of the full school community, where the teacher is engaged, accessible and supportive.

"Founded in 1950, Greenhill is governed by a voluntary board of trustees, most of whom are current parents. It is led and administered by a head of school who, with the faculty and staff, implements all school policies and programs. Greenhill upholds its motto, Per Aspera Ad Astra, Reach for the Stars, and its commitment to educational excellence achieved within a community of diverse and talented individuals. Endowed with a rich legacy of innovation, open-mindedness, and courageous independence, the Greenhill community enthusiastically embraces the challenges of contemporary education.

"The school values its relationship with each family. When a student enters Greenhill, the School also begins a partnership with the student’s parents. It is a partnership built upon trust, respect, and a shared commitment to the intellectual and emotional well-being and growth of the child. In addition, parents share time, talents, and resources with the school in support of its educational excellence.

"Thus, the people, programs, and relationships that comprise the Greenhill experience prepare our graduates not only for college, but also – and more importantly – for education in all guises and settings."

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