The Barrack Institutes provide upper school students the opportunity to pursue areas of interest with a focus on learning, skill development, and real-world applications.
Beginning in their 9th grade year, students can choose the Institute that is of most interest to them. Students will focus on this area for at least two years with the option to continue Institute classes through graduation.
Students across all grades in each Institute participate in classes, hear from speakers, and attend field trips connected to their overall topic areas culminating in a capstone project.
Students who pursue four years in an Institute will be awarded a certificate upon graduation, while others will fulfill additional credits via electives. In place of or in addition to an Institute, students also have the option to take Spanish.