Start Proposal for updating school curriculum

Proposal for updating school curriculum

Girls all the way from fourteen to twenty years of age, from the farther edge of childhood to the farther limit of maidenhood; girls with every shade of complexion and degree of beauty; girls in such variety that it was amazing to contemplate the reduction of their individuality to the simple uniformity of their well-drilled movements.

Hayes quotes Hunter College High School's 2010 graduate Justin Hudson's commencement speech: If you truly believe that the demographics of Hunter represent the distribution of intelligence in this city then you must believe that the Upper West Side, Bayside and Flushing are intrinsically more intelligent than the South Bronx, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Washington Heights, and I refuse to accept that.

Publicly available data indicate that Hunter has both the highest average SAT score and the highest average ACT score of any school in the United States, public or private, though complete data is needed to be conclusive.

Hunter was an all-girls school for its first 78 years, with the official name "Hunter College High School for Intellectually Gifted Young Ladies".

The prototypical Hunter girl was the subject of the song Sarah Maria Jones, who, the lyrics told, had "Hunter in her bones." In 1878, Harper's Magazine published an approving article about the then-new school: The first thing to excite our wonder and admiration was the number – there were 1,542 pupils; the second thing was the earnestness of the discipline; and the third was the suggestiveness of so many girls at work in assembly, with their own education as the primary aim, and the education of countless thousands of others as the final aim, of their toil.

Because of its unusual design, including many classrooms without windows and the rest with only narrow windows, Hunter is called "The Brick Prison." The building contains both the high school (grades 7-12) and the elementary school (K-6), which are collectively known as the Hunter College Campus Schools. Dawn Roy is the principal of the elementary school, and Lisa Siegmann is the Director of the Campus Schools.

Admission to the high school is only granted in seventh grade, and is a two-step process.

It is administered by Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Hunter is publicly funded, and there is no tuition fee.

Note that this results in an eligible pool of much less than 10% of New York City fifth graders for two reasons.

The first is that much fewer than 10% of New York City public school students score above the statewide 90th percentile on either test.

The aim of the entire course through which the Normal students pass is not so much to burden the mind with facts as it is to develop intellectual power, cultivate judgment, and enable the graduates to take trained ability into the world with them.