Intellectual Challenge

We invite our students to find their fullest potential intellectually.  For students who learn differently, this typically first involves coming to grips with how they learn – and what they need to learn.  Once they’ve done this, they can go on to deepen and broaden their mastery of specific subject matter, hone their critical thinking skills and build their social and emotional intelligence.

Embrace what challenges you.


  • Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.
    • G. M. Trevelyan
  • Gather in your resources, rally all your faculties, marshal all your energies, focus all your capacities upon mastery of at least one field of endeavor.

    • John Haggai
  • The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

    • Frank Herbert
  • If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

    • Isaac Asimov
  • The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.

    • Daniel J. Boorstin
  • The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.

    • Lord Chesterfield
  • If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.

    • Margaret Fuller
  • If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.
    • Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.
  • Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.
    • Sophocles
  • All men by nature desire knowledge.
    • Aristotle
  • New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.
    • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Knowledge, if it does not determine action, is dead to us.
  • I have taken all knowledge to be my province.
      Sir Francis Bacon
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
      Mahatma Gandhi
  • The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
      Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The mind is everything. What you think you become.