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.
Lucy focused on developing her choreography skills and expanding her knowledge of development of modern dance. She strove to come up with her own definition of dance by reading visions statements by dance pioneers, including Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, and she studied the works of various choreographers, from Alvin Ailey to Ohad Nahirin to Abby Lee Miller. She then choreographed a solo, a duet and a group dance, building her skills in movement invention and in teaching her movement to other dancers of varying abilities and backgrounds.
Many people have heard of the great plays, the great actors, but rarely, if ever, do they hear about the people in the background. One role that rarely gets mention is lighting technicians even though they set the whole tone of the play by changing the brightness, programming strobes and other special effects, or highlighting a certain part of a scene. Eliza studied the history and techniques of theatrical lighting and applied these to helping design the lighting for “Once On This Island” and designing the lighting for New Play Lab’s play.
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, many analysts have tried to deconstruct the forces at play, and understand the emergence of new priorities for candidates across the aisle. One such ideological basis is that of Populism, a political platform that is meant to represent the interests of common people. In 2016, both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump represented different brands of populism. Matthew’s research has focused on understanding the similarities and differences between Populism on the left and right sides of the political spectrum in the areas of the Rust Belt and Appalachia.
During the First World War, there was a new pool of artists fleeing the war from countries that were involved. This led to the a rise of a new movement called Dadaism. Dadaism was a completely experimental, hyper-abstract artform that started out as performance art and later shifted to visual arts. Alexander started out the year studying Dadaism and the cultural context from which it arose. He aspires to follow in the footsteps of these experimental artists creating provocative, hyper-abstract films.
Hyeong Bin studied teaching math through the flipped classroom where each student solves problems by themselves so that they are able to work at their own pace. He has been researching the benefits and challenges of the flipped classroom method, teaching classes using that method, and learning some different mindsets that are important to have as a teacher. Hyeong Bin’s work relates to methods that make a real difference in schools across the globe, and he hopes that this experience will provide him insights as he builds his own career in education.
Emil Hristache has always been interested in fashion. Emil believes that the most important part of good fashion is individuality, and creating something that stands out and is entirely unique. He took an online course called Fashion 101, focusing on everything from the basics of fashion to the current big fashion brands. He also studied fashion history , and learned how the early big brands like Coco Chanel have influenced fashion. As part of the class, he designed and made a prom dress for a friend.
Jared designed and built a wooden bike. He researched existing bikes and adapted models to customize measurements for his own fully wooden bike frame. His bike frame is made of many layers of wood glued together, which were then cut out and formed. Jared’s attention to detail is shown through the precise angle on the headset of the bike and the length of the seat and chain stay. Jared then built a custom carbon bike from scratch, taking the what he learned in the wooden frame building process to a new level.
Warren has spent a lot of time at Dublin working on and building electronic machines such as the devices made on the robotics team. Warren also was a part of the mountain biking team. So when he had the option to take senior project, he put two of his favorite things together in order to pick a topic that would best suit him, building an electric bike (ebike for short). In addition to building a new bike, he has been doing research on the benefits of hands-on learning, which directly correlates to the process of building his bike.
Cam has been interested in dog training after having owned two dogs and admiring the significance of trained dogs for sheep herders and our soldiers. Cam studied the differences and similarities in various forms of dog training. Cam studied the psychology of dogs with the comprehensive study of Reward Training vs. Discipline-Based Dog Training. This idea culminated itself in Cam’s own field training, tracking progress logs on the dogs that he works with.
Noelia has been interested in the importance of sexual education, and how it contributes to the improvement of women’s position in the society since she was given the chance to be involved in a Human Trafficking course at Brown University. As a part of her research, she explored the relationship between power dynamics and sexuality, human trafficking, and sexual assaults. Her ultimate goal was to find out “what our society can do to combat harassment and create awareness about sexuality education.”
Quinn did his senior project on designing and writing a comic book. Throughout the year he has been in the process of writing and drawing to create an out of this world adventure. The drawing process took a lot of work. The drawings need to be done on a special piece of paper that is like the size of a poster. The drawings start in pencil and then get inked in, which is where the artist will start to add details like facial expressions and shadowing.
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.