Essential Skills


The New School is a college-preparatory school that trains its students in the traditional academic disciplines (English, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Mathematics, etc.) and skills essential for success in college and the professional world. These Essential Skills, as we call them, are drawn from our conversations with colleges and are a fundamental component of the school’s pedagogy and culture.
  1. Act in the benefit of the community
  2. Think and act ethically
  3. Work collaboratively
  4. Communicate effectively
  5. Work creatively
  6. Solve problems
  7. Persist in achieving quality
  8. Apply effective research methods
  9. Manage materials and time to accomplish goals
  10. Work independently
  11. Appreciate and understand different perspectives
  12. Make connections and be aware of context