St. George's School


Center for Teaching and Learning



  • Kelly, StudentSt. George’s teachers are more than teachers. They are also dedicated advisors, dorm parents and coaches. Moreover, they are students themselves – taking advantage of professional development opportunities and the Merck-Horton Center for Teaching and Learning to grow as educators. That growth benefits them and enriches the student experience.
  • John, ParentAverage class size at St. George’s is 11 students, making it easy for students to ask questions and engage in lively classroom discussion and debate. St. George’s teachers also take advantage of the local community and environment for curriculum enrichment. History and art teachers bring classes to visit notable cultural sites in Newport, and science teachers take students down to Second Beach for a lesson on marine science. Experiential learning takes students even further afield – to sites abroad and the deck and cabins of Geronimo, St. George’s marine research vessel.
  • Beth, TeacherSt. George’s incorporates technology – requiring a laptop for every student – in the academic experience. And study spaces conducive to learning abound, including those in the Nathaniel P. Hill Library, a state-of-the-art facility that houses the school’s center for teaching and learning, five group-study rooms and two classrooms.
  • Nick, StudentOver four years at St. George’s, students will choose from a selection of core classes and a wide range of electives, allowing them to explore their passions. They will make their choices alongside the Dean of Academics and a faculty advisor, who customize the learning experience to match each student’s aptitude, interests and goals.


Merck-Horton Center Introduction
Research-Based Teaching
Student-Centered Teaching
Active Learning
Mastery-Based Learning
Student Choice

Distinguishing Opportunities


Our teachers aren’t just passionate about teaching. They’re passionate about learning. With the Merck-Horton Center for Teaching and Learning, St. George’s supports the exploration of research-based and innovative strategies for the 21st century.

Since 2009, the Merck-Horton Center — named in honor of educational visionary Albert B. Merck ’39, P’76 and former Director of Instructional Services Beth Horton P’79, ’85 — has worked to bring the best, most up-to-date teaching and learning strategies to St. George’s classrooms. The program, a partnership with researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has attracted national attention through several publications — a rare accomplishment for a secondary school. But, as program director Tom Callahan notes, the center’s mission is a commitment to student success. “If there’s a better way to teach and learn,” he says, “we feel it’s our responsibility to provide it.“

A Coeducational Boarding and Day School for Grades 9 Through 12
St. George's School
372 Purgatory Road Middletown, Rhode Island 02842
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