No two Dublin educations are the same.
We couple the power of a classic college preparatory education with the ability and flexibility to dive deeper into a newly discovered passion.
We require rigorous and extensive course work in English, Mathematics, Science, History, a World Language, Technology and the Arts. But this is just the foundation. The excitement for our students is in being able to take their ideas and passions further.
For some that is in investing themselves heavily in AP Course work in the Sciences or Humanities. For others it is maximizing self-expression through both the Visual and Performing Arts. Others delve deeply into Technology and Robotics. They are fully supported through student requested electives, independent studies and a capstone Senior Project that offers students the opportunity to engage in a year-long rigorous study centered-around a question or topic that is of special interest to them.
But what if I don't have an academic passion right now?
We don't expect you to. We would rather see you be open to the possibilities than to have it all figured out. Nothing is more empowering to us as educators than when a student discovers that they really are passionate about something unexpected. At Dublin, that happens more times than not.
For every relatively good piece of work I put out, there are about five other unfinished ones that didn’t make the cut. If I finish something completely, it is because I have gauged that it is worth completing due to its quality or originality. As the amount of knowledge and resources that I have at my disposal increases, my tolerance for my older, more seemingly elementary work decreases.
On the most basic level, the research skills I’ve learned and fine-tuned over this year will hopefully prove very helpful for the duration of my academic career. My ability to find sources, compile data, synthesize facts has been greatly improved through the demanding nature of this course. On a more personal note, though, the things I’ve taken away from this class have already played an important role in shaping my perception of success and in influencing my plans for the future.
This Senior Project has inspired in me a passion for research and also furthered my interest in neural processing of information, in this case languages…How do whistled languages work differently (both in the brain and otherwise) than spoken languages, and what does this mean for neuroscience and cognitive linguistics? How do languages survive and what characteristics are present in surviving languages that extinct of endangered languages lack?
While we have many books and scholars discussing the rise of fascism in Europe, we nearly forget about Imperial Japan, which contributed no less to the atrocities of World War II than Germany did. There are so many unanswered questions about the era: the significance of the years 1853-1945 [when] Japan transformed from a feudal agricultural nation to one of the leading capitalist industrial powers of the world while leaving the majority of its people in poverty.
The critical element of VR is the element of “presence” the unshakeable feeling that you’re actually in the world that is being simulated and that what you’re seeing is real and actually happening. This imbues everything with an extra sense of importance and immediacy that just makes everything better. This feeling of ultimate immersion is something I want to create in some small form of my own.
Moliere vs Ionesco: I studied two important styles of theatre that had a strong influence on French drama: Moliere’s take on commedia dell’arte and Ionesco’s absurdism… to explore certain criteria in each era so as to better compare and contrast them: the standard characteristics of each era, the culture and time period and how it affected the theatre, and what similarities remained from an earlier style…
Building a Meat Smoker from Re-Purposed Materials. How can reclaimed appliances be used to create a quality meat smoker? How can I use the smoker to both develop my own skills as well as an educational tool for the community? Why are barbeque and meat an integral part of the American identity and how has it shaped the country? “I am most proud of building the smoker, and my growth as it pertains to being able to organize myself independently.”
My senior project has been a trying yet remarkable experience in a variety of ways. On a personal level, my teaching of a number of social studies classes and the immense amount of time I put into reading Marxist and socialist literature remains a highlight of my time, and sets me on a stellar course for my history and political science double major in college.
I am studying how the works of Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Jason Robert Brown have impacted Broadway, and why what they did was influential. I am doing a cabaret style performance to show people their impact.
I raised funds to buy a kit to build a submersible Remotely Operated Vehicle. I wanted to build the ROV to explore and document different bodies of water and conduct experiments that I design. This independent work has made me realize that I can do projects that seem impossible if I really commit to them.
Researching the psychology of philanthropy and interning in the Development Office directly informed my planning and implementation of Giving Day, which was wildly successful. The biggest thing that I have wanted to get from this project is experience. I know that I hope to one day be a fundraiser for an education-based nonprofit.
The goal of my project was to be able to take a video of someone doing a sport, such as rowing, and then record the data and calculate it in a program that will analyze the movement and generate automated feed-back on how to improve an athlete's form. I was able to use my experience in crew and robotics to develop the software.
Painting shoes offers me a way to reveal the narrative of another person in a strange new way. It is my hope that people will see these shoes, and instead of seeing something mundane, they will begin to explore a piece of another person's identity, and in doing so, further their understanding of themselves.
I included the arrangement component with what began as a conducting study because choral conductors today often have to exhibit some compositional skills as well, whether they are writing mash- ups or layering different styles on top of one another. Writing the scores, using the program Sibelius, improved my musical score literacy
I decided early on to write a picture book in Japanese; however my focus is shifting from the final product, the book, to the process of writing and translation. With Japanese, or any language, there can't be a 'perfect' translation: the words, grammar and structure of certain languages don't always line up with English.
A constant source of learning has been working with my mentor Ron. It was with his guidance that I learned a more focused path that is relevant to my over-all goals in design for games, and that is learning how to design environments. This has helped me hone my project from being very broad and unorganized in nature to having a very clear objective.