Welcome to the Hermitage High School Center for the Humanities
- The Humanities are the study of history, literature, philosophy, the arts, and the various cultural, religious, and folk traditions – past and present – that define and express humanity.
The Humanities Center is one of the Specialty Centers of Henrico County. Our program provides students with an opportunity to pursue a rigorous, interdisciplinary academic experience in the humanities while fulfilling graduation requirements for an advanced diploma with a Specialty Center seal. Our students thrive in our discussion-based classes with academically focused peers, and because the center is located at Hermitage High School, students can also take advantage of all the sports, clubs, and resources of a large high school.
- The Center for the Humanities was founded in 1995 and is modeled after St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where the Great Books are studied in small interdisciplinary class discussions.
Photos above: (Top row, L-R) Field trip to Washington DC, May 2014 Level IV, Level III, Level II. (Bottom Row L-R) Level I, Level IV with Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, Class of 2013 lobbying the General Assembly
Advice from Seniors.... Specialty Center Dates 2016-17
" Treasure every level because you’ll never know how good you had it until you look back". – Courtney Holmes
"Humanities will change the way you look at the world and change who you are as a person. Let it happen." – Zoe Siepert
"You WILL make mistakes between freshman and senior year, and it’s important to learn from them." – Renee Ritchie
"The Humanities is a place for the strange to come together and embrace their strangeness. Be yourself and think outside the box, inside the box, and imagine the box isn’t even there."
– Alexander Edward Tucker
"The Center is the place where I not only learned to accept people for who they are, but also taught to accept me for who I am." – Sandy Ma
November 21, 2016: Applications available on-line
December 5, 2016 : Open House, Hermitage HS @ 7 PM
January 13, 2017: Application deadline
March 10, 2017: On-line access to check acceptance
March 24, 2017: Student's notification of intent
Mr. Orange and a few students got together to make this informational video about the Center for the 2012 Open House.