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College and Community

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Understand yourself and your role in the world.

The College and Community program continues the process of self-discovery initiated in Human Development during the freshman and sophomore years. In the fall of junior year, you will meet to discuss topics around building and sustaining community, including civic leadership and interpersonal skills. In the spring of junior year and the fall of senior year, your experience will culminate with a course taught by the College Counseling office, which provides a space of deep reflection and empowerment during a time that can often feel stressful to teenagers. In the spring of senior year, you will co-create the curriculum with your teachers to cover topics of particular student interest.

College and Community Requirements

1 unit (2 years)

All students take Civic Leadership I and College Counseling I in eleventh grade and Civic Leadership II and College Counseling II in twelfth grade.

Meet Our College & Community Faculty

JuanCarlos Arauz

JuanCarlos Arauz

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Matthew Chan

Matthew Chan

Associate Director of College Counseling
Charlotte King-Mills

Charlotte King-Mills

Librarian & Digital Literacy Specialist & Class Dean
Gillian Kneass

Gillian Kneass

Math Teacher
Matthew Lane

Matthew Lane

Director of College Counseling
Marlin Quintanilla

Marlin Quintanilla

Counseling and Wellness Coordinator
Jerome Saddler

Jerome Saddler

Gallard Fellow and Coach

Required Courses

  • Civic Leadership I & II
  • College Counseling I & II

For course descriptions, read the 2023-24 Curriculum Guide. 

Branson Curriculum Guide

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Read the Curriculum Guide to see all the courses we offer in the 2023-24 academic year.

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