Harpeth Hall offers signature programs for our students, centers for interdisciplinary learning and programming for our community. Several signature programs unique to Harpeth Hall include include service components, travel and internships, and SEEK.
Centers at Harpeth Hall are mission driven areas of concentration established to address priorities in girls’ education with agility and creativity. Transcending the scope of a single discipline, these centers engage students and faculty in research, innovation, and collaboration as they seek solutions to the challenges facing our world.
Cultivation of our community is important at Harpeth Hall. From Winterim for Adults to Summer Camps for children are just some of the ways that we provide outreach. Book talks considering current topics and art exhibits are ongoing traditions on our campus.
Service is a critical component of the Harpeth Hall mission. Every student participates in our service program called Public Purpose. Preparing students in and out of the classroom to think critically about local and global issues and inequities, the program is designed to help students in 5th through 12th grade acquire the skills and knowledge required to meaningfully and ethically engage with large-scale problems and actively effect change.
A hallmark of the upper school at Harpeth Hall, this three-week experiential program in January provides students with opportunities for cross-cultural experiences through academic travel, internships in Nashville, New York and Washington D.C., and on-campus courses that stretch their perspectives.
Center for Civic Engagement
The Harpeth Hall Center for Civic Engagement empowers young women to become informed and involved citizens and to appreciate – through action and reflection – what is required for civil societies to thrive. Central to this work is a commitment to support Harpeth Hall's mission to develop responsible leaders who make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world.
Highlighted in this work is our school's Campus Discourse Statement:
Informed and open discourse is an integral component of a Harpeth Hall education and an essential characteristic of responsible citizenship. Abiding by the Harpeth Hall Difficult Dialogues Guidelines, students explore, understand and critically examine their own beliefs as well as alternative or opposing beliefs. Thoughtful consideration of multiple perspectives and stories encourages empathy and prepares students to participate constructively in these dialogues both in the classroom and in the public sphere.
While freedom of speech is a fundamental First Amendment right, this constitutional protection does not extend to abusive or hateful speech in a school environment. Such speech violates the Harpeth Hall Values Statement and undermines our educational mission. However, students must be aware that arguments that challenge their point of view or their world view are not necessarily hateful arguments, and these conflicts often provide important opportunities for growth.
The ability to engage in meaningful civic discourse requires a commitment to strengthening our relationships with each other. As we engage in these critical dialogues, all members of the Harpeth Hall community will work together to create a vibrant and respectful intellectual environment that values diversity of thought and difference of opinion. In so doing, we will demonstrate our faith in the promise and potential of American democracy.
Students immerse themselves in another culture, living, and studying with girls in China, France, Germany, South Africa, and New Zealand.
Global Scholars Program
Upper school students gain deeper and broader knowledge of the world by taking additional global-based courses, participating in global-centered service learning and clubs, and completing a senior-year capstone project.
Seventh-graders and eighth-graders have opportunities to participate in independent research through SEEK (Scholars Engaged in Extending Knowledge). Past SEEK projects included Ebola research, social injustices during WWII, effects of El Nino, and Nashville's electricity distribution network.
Winterim for Adults
Winterim Adults is a community offering of the school’s signature program Winterim. Classes are led by alumnae, faculty, staff, and local professionals. These programs are designed to inspire you, renew a passion, and to learn something new! Past Winterim Adult classes have included: Holistic Spring Cooking, Close the Gender Investing Gap: How to Dominate Your Financial Future, Drawing 101, Zumba, When I Was Your Age - Understanding and Managing Generational Difference, R.A.D. Self Defense, The Resurgence of Nationalism in Today's World. LEARN MORE about the current Winterim for Adults classes.
Summer Camps and Polar Bear Camp
During the Summer months Harpeth Hall offers a variety of day camps for girls from Pre-K to 12th grade. Whether you are into athletics, art, dance, cooking, math, and many more, Harpeth Hall offers camps girls love. Join us on campus this summer!
In December when many are on a school break, Harpeth Hall offers Polar Bear Camps, which are day camps similar to our summer offerings. More information is available on these offerings seasonally.