St. George's School

Teaching and Learning

OverviewHorton CenterMerck Center


  • 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.

Horton Center for Learning

Students can meet with a faculty member in the instructional services department, which is located on the first floor of the Nathaniel P. Hill Library, to receive individual support in skills such as time management, organization, study and test-taking preparation as well as reading comprehension. With help and guidance from learning experts, students can strengthen the skills they need to tackle academic challenges on their own.

ACES! is a course offered by SG's Horton Center for Learning through the Instructional Services Department. The program is designed to help new students adjust to academic and community life on campus. Students are brought up to speed on best-practice study habits, the importance of effort (and Efforts Marks), how best to communicate with teachers, coaches and advisors at SG. They will be given the opportunity to collaborate and discuss past and present experiences as classmates, in order to bond and begin the SG journey off on strong footing, while being supported. Please click here to view our flyer and learn more!



Director of the Horton Center for Learning

Joe Lang


A dual-sided approach to learning ensures that St. George’s remains an engaging place to learn, for both students and teachers.

Beth Horton, a faculty member from 1975-1999, is the inspiration behind the Horton Center's instructional services department. The value she placed on individual student attention is an educational model that our school continues to abide by today. The Horton Center for Learning provides instructional services, a skills-based tutoring program that works with students to master learning strategies not necessarily addressed in a classroom.

The late Albert Merck, an alumnus and honorary St. George’s trustee, is the visionary behind the Merck Center's research program. The Merck Center for Teaching  seeks to nurture and empower faculty in their pursuit of professional growth and institutional distinction.

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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