Redefining 21st-Century Education

Inspiring students to:

Develop a powerful, authentic voice
Embrace a compassionate approach to others
Pursue truth through reason
Contribute originally and meaningfully to the world

The Areté Way

At the cutting edge of 21st century education, our inquiry-driven, seminar-style classes challenge students to analyze, question, debate, reimagine and synthesize – all in the context of a rigorous, comprehensive college preparatory program. Guided by a passionate faculty, our students deepen their intellectual identities, upend existing paradigms, and forge inspirational solutions.

An Education for Thinkers

Philosophical questions and methods underlie our teaching. Our students learn to do philosophychallenging widely-held beliefs, exposing hidden assumptions and synthesizing disparate claims and propositions. Having escaped the chains of conventional thinking, a philosophically-trained mind is equipped to innovate, disrupt, and inspire – a toolkit for a challenging world. 

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Congrats to Our Seniors!


Congratulations to Areté’s Class of 2021!

95% of our graduates are admitted to their first choice colleges.

We are proud of our graduates who have worked hard and truly developed into their authentic selves with enthusiasm, confidence, and  eagerness to embrace new and exciting challenges ahead.


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Intellectual Openness

Aporia is a joyous moment of revelation, the first step toward true wisdom and the cornerstone of our program. Socrates and his followers embraced Aporia as an epiphany of not-knowing, a realization that superficial learning is not the same as genuine understanding.

Through our inquiry-based methods and Socratic questioning, between and among students and teachers, Areté students learn to let go of their prior, fact-focused concept of mastery and hold themselves to a higher level of insight and understanding.

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Free Thinkers Allowed

An Areté Seminar is so much more than just a small class. Built on a foundation of open communication and mutual respect, our Seminars represent a shared goal: to create a place where profound reflection and innovative risk-taking are encouraged and celebrated. 

Instead of competing for attention and points, students engage in thoughtful, provocative questioning and work together to deepen and expand discourse. At the same time, the Areté Seminar is pensively playful – a rare place where a student can revel in the satisfaction and fun of learning while also developing a powerful academic identity and voice.

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A Marketplace for Ideas

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Both a celebration and a challenge, Symposium is the embodiment of the Areté spirit and pedagogy – a meaningful, transformative alternative to final exams. Consistent with our commitment to “choice and voice,” students select their own topics based on a unifying, school-wide philosophical question or theme. They become researchers and teachers, learning to produce substantive, idea-focused academic papers. 

After an exhilarating and rewarding week of exploration and writing, students transform their papers into interactive, creative presentations that bring their ideas to life for an authentic audience of Areté students, teachers and the community at large.  

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First-choice colleges

Nearly all of our graduates get into their first choice colleges

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Our Seminars are small by design to facilitate deep, engaged, meaningful learning 

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Areté Teachers with postgraduate degrees

Our students enjoy close mentoring by a first-in-class faculty

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We are proud to provide generous scholarship program

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