The Harkness Method


Developed at Phillips Exeter Academy, The Harkness Method is used by many of the most prestigious schools in the country. Courses are taught around a large oval table, where students sit with their teachers. This method encourages discursive and Socratic learning. The Guthrie School has adopted this method to challenge our students and teach them invaluable discussion and debate skills. Around the Harkness table, Guthrie classrooms transform into personal and expressive havens.

Under The Guthrie School direction and Harkness Instruction, our students learn to listen to, speak about, and accept new ideas. The Harkness Table is the centerpiece of the classrooms and of the learning experience. Around the Harkness Table, the teacher’s role is to guide discussion, encourage critical thinking, and help develop individual opinions.

To learn more, we invite you to visit our school and meet with us directly. Contact us today at 972-596-6929 to schedule a tour. We look forward to showing you first hand how our unique difference will prepare your young student to excel at the next level.