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The academic tradition of Horace Mann is one of rigor and excellence. Students are challenged in an age-appropriate manner in each Division of the School to think deeply, explore intensely, and express themselves surely in speech and writing. We are a community that cares deeply about its students - within a structure of immense expectations. We not only pride ourselves on having a talented and imaginative faculty members capable of producing citizens who think freely and respond to reason, we pride ourselves on attracting students who long to be pushed to the heights of their abilities; who want to mine their worth for all its worth.             

While the organizational dynamic of Horace Mann has been strongly Division and Department-focused since the School’s founding in 1887, curricular and operational coherence across “Five Divisions within One School” has been emphasized since 1995. The School’s current divisional structure encourages team, grade level, and departmental collaboration on a regular basis, and the Division Heads are committed to supporting such collaboration and coordination of the curriculum across divisional lines. The majority of administrators also serve as classroom teachers. This hands-on approach keeps the administrators directly involved with students and attuned to their needs.

 

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