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Essential Questions


In order to promote deep understandings, HSHMC's curriculum is organized into big ideas and essential questions. Each teacher addresses discipline-specific standards in a way that ensures students understand the purpose of the standards and their applications to real human issues.

2016-2017
High School
  • What is race and does it matter?
  • What defines success?
  • What makes a life meaningful?
  • What is music and art and does it matter?
Middle School
  • What is race and does it matter?
  • What rights and liberties do humans have and why is it essential to defend them?
  • What is worth pursuing?
  • Why is it important to redefine oneself?
  • 2015-2016
    High School
    • Who Do You Want To Be? What Do You Want To Be?
    • What's your story?
    • Which is stronger, heart or mind?
    • What defines beauty?
    Middle School
  • Why Do We Think Differently?
  • What Role Do I Play In Defining My Future?
  • What do you aspire to be?
  • What are my responsibilities to myself and my community?
  • 2014-2015
    High School
  • How does where you live influence how you live?
  • Avenge or forgive?
  • Can you buy your way to happiness?
  • Does gender matter?
  • Middle School
  • Does equality mean being treated the same?
  • What does it meant to be healthy?
  • What defines me?
  • How does where you live influence how you live?
  • 2013-2014
    High School
  • What is your superpower?
  • Are humans naturally good or evil?
  • Is freedom ever free?
  • Do looks matter?
  • 2012-2013
    High School
  • What makes you you?
  • Which is worse? Failing or never trying?
  • Does age matter?
  • You exist but do you live?