In 1910 as Vassie James Hill prepared to start a
school for boys she studied with the groundbreaking educator John Dewey. Among Dewey’s central beliefs was the notion
that learning was best achieved by activity and engagement in addition to
sitting and listening. The Country Day
School opened with Dewey’s progressive ideals at the heart of its curriculum
and three years later they were incorporated into the new school for girls,
Sunset Hill. These ideals still flourish
today at Pembroke Hill. We are a place
where students learn at a young age to see themselves as participants in life
rather than merely spectators. This
happens on the athletic field and the stage. It also happens in the lab and in
Our approach is remarkably simple. Put talented and diverse young people
together with skilled and dedicated adults, with support from engaged and
committed families and you create extraordinary results that speak for
themselves. This combination produces a
school culture that must be experienced in order to be truly understood. It is a culture where students at all levels
say it is “cool to do your best” or “cool to be smart” and where
mathematicians, athletes, writers, musicians and class leaders all thrive
side-by-side, often within the same student.
The relationships forged between faculty and
students are the heart of the Pembroke Hill experience. Every young person is known by many adults.
This intimacy and long-term commitment forge a bond that is rare in today’s
world. Teachers expect much of their
students, but they expect even more from themselves. Every day I get to see this result in
students achieving more than they themselves thought possible.
If you are already part of the Pembroke Hill
community you know what it is that I write about. If you are just beginning to explore our
school, I invite you to come to visit us and experience first hand the unique spirit
of Pembroke Hill.
You may always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/StevenJBellis.
Dr. Steve Bellis
Head of School
The Pembroke Hill School