The Tad Bird Honors College is a selective, cohort-based, four-year program for highly motivated All Saints’ students who seek innovative solutions to pressing problems facing humanity on a local, national, and global scale. Students will engage with All Saints’ faculty, fellow students, scholars, and our wider community as they grapple with complexity and seek to discover and manifest their genius within.
Student Outcome Statement
Honors College courses develop higher-order analytical skills while emphasizing student leadership, cultural literacy, and student ownership of the learning process. Traditional lectures and tests are replaced by multi-faceted projects, presentations, research-driven writing, collaborative endeavors, and roundtable discussions on critical issues. Students have significant latitude in developing their own unique processes, and their final products reflect this same individuality. The overarching objective at all points is to help students realize the importance of actively engaging with complex ideas, devising solutions, and communicating through a variety of modes. Beginning with integrated humanities coursework in grades 9 and 10 and culminating in the Junior Honors Thesis and Senior Capstone projects, Honors College students move through a 4-year process that helps them emerge as researchers, scholars, and citizens who discover their ‘genius within’ and share it with the world.
Honors College Mindsets
Junior Honors Thesis
Junior Honors Thesis is open to all rising juniors in good standing, and a required course for Tad Bird Honors College members. Junior Honors Thesisprompts students to pursue scholarly inquiry about a topic or issue of personal interest. Students synthesize high-level scholarship, conduct original research outside our All Saints’ community, and write and defend a comprehensive, polished thesis. This process employs the empathy skills established in 9th and 10th grade Honors College courses while helping refine the research, writing, and communication skills that prepare students for college and beyond. We welcome you to peruse examples of our students’ work below.
Capstone is open to All Saints’ students who successfully complete Junior Honors Thesis and is required for Tad Bird Honors College members. Capstone builds on the Junior Honors Thesis program by providing students an opportunity to conduct extensive empathy work and partner with a local or national community service organization that aligns with their personal interests. Students will continue honing their ability to collaborate and design with others’ needs in mind, seeing the complexities of ethical service learning, servant leadership, and engagement while constructing a ‘product’ (not necessarily physical) that will assist their chosen organization in meeting community needs for years to come. We conclude the Honors College experience with students presenting their work to our entire Upper School in a series we call ‘TadTalks.’