Raymond Round Tables

 

Raymond Roundtables is a summer enrichment program for rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders in Raymond. The classes are for motivated students who are interested in challenging themselves academically. In recent years, there have been an average of about 40 students enrolled in the classes.

Starting in 2016, RHSP has taken over the direction of Raymond Roundtables, which was operated during the first six years by Phillips Exeter Academy. Raymond Roundtables is an important early component in a continuum of initiatives of RHSP that lead to boarding summer enrichment programs, PSAT and SAT prep and college visits in later years.

The Raymond Roundtables classes use PEA’s world-renowned “Harkness Method” of teaching, a student-centered seminar style in which classes are conducted around a table, while the teacher guides and fosters discussion among the students. The students learn to take responsibility for their education, to listen to each other and to explore the potential of their academic and intellectual abilities.

The classes meet mornings for 50 minutes on 12 consecutive weekdays in the second half of July. Normally, there are three English and three math/science courses. There are about 12 students in each class and many take two courses.

The English classes involve reading novels, short stories, and poetry and also contain a significant writing component. Efforts are made to cover materials on the Middle School and RHS summer reading lists. The math classes employ PEA’s nationally recognized problem solving curriculum, which encourages students to use and integrate all of their math skills to solve a variety of math problems. In addition, the 9th grade students visit Exeter twice to observe classes and tour the campus.

The cost for each course in 2016 is $180, with possible reduced prices based on household income.