The Delbarton Difference
the delbarton difference
The Delbarton Difference: Building Innovative Learners
As a Benedictine Catholic school, Delbarton proudly belongs to the longest tradition in Western education dating back 1,300 years. Today, Benedictine schools flourish on six continents by balancing tradition and innovation; they are rooted in the enormous collective and inherited wisdom of our cultural past, yet they firmly embrace not only new realities of our present moment but also the necessary innovations that call us to boldly engage the challenges of our twenty-first century future.
Delbarton students benefit from this rich blend of past and present. From flipped math classrooms, choice-reading English courses, character reenactments in history, and foreign language cultural outings to student-designed 3-D science projects, visiting speaker panels, and off-site educational excursions, Delbarton is a cerebral playground for the serious learner and offers innovative signature programs for every student passion and talent.
Ryan Crane '95
Delbarton is one of the few high schools in the United States to offer a fully equipped Bloomberg terminal lab. Here, students build financial literacy, strengthen research skills, and bring economic theory to life. Seniors in AP Macroeconomics, for instance, become Bloomberg-certified through an online curriculum that equips them with powerful tech tools to navigate global markets and conduct complex economic forecasting. Many have discovered that their Bloomberg certification provides them a competitive advantage when seeking coveted internships and job opportunities.
As one of the fastest growing global languages, Arabic is spoken by over four hundred million people around the world. At Delbarton, students of Arabic learn to read, write, and speak the language through virtual video exchanges with peers schools in the Middle East and an optional Global Delbarton trip to Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. Many continue their studies in college and discover that in addition to opening their minds, the Arabic language also opens many doors.
The delbarton incubator
Delbarton’s version of “Shark Tank” is a hands-on class that builds entrepreneurs by applying student creativity and problem solving skills to real world product solutions. Students work in teams to develop prototypes, design business and marketing plans, and bring innovations to market through website design, advertising, and sales. Throughout the year, alumni entrepreneurs visit to offer students feedback on everything from setting up an e-commerce company and testing product validation methods to researching intellectual property rights and creating partnership agreements. Past products include the Wallet of the Future, the Powder Pill electrolyte performance system, and Table Rock -- the must-have accessory for restaurants.
Each June, DelEX offers an externship opportunity for rising seniors, connecting them with alumni and parents to explore career opportunities and extend learning beyond the classroom. Alumni and parent hosts in private enterprise and public service offer brief training programs to our young men. Students shadow their hosts throughout the program, attending staff meetings, working on unique projects, and networking with industry professionals. Setting up a LinkedIn account, composing a professional resume, and learning about professional etiquette are all part of the DelEX experience. Past externships offered students exposure to industries in business, finance, entertainment, media, medicine, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, politics, law and more. Students appreciate experiencing diverse professional fields and hosts value mentoring and sharing their knowledge with a new generation of potential employees.
At Delbarton, freshmen are invited to participate voluntarily in yearlong independent research culminating in a Freshman Project, an inquiry-based intellectual adventure allowing our young men to explore a non-traditional area of personal interest. Using a digital delivery platform, diverse technology tools, and guided portfolio assessments, Freshman Projects are delivered in live presentations to a faculty panel in the spring. Past projects include every area imaginable -- from building a doghouse for Ben (Delbarton’s mastiff-lab mascot) and designing a Delbarton iPhone App to launching an annual 5-K fundraiser and installing a campus herb and vegetable garden.
workshop & retreat
A longstanding tradition at Delbarton has been our prejudice reduction workshops designed for every freshman. Delbarton’s Social Justice Committee, comprising juniors and seniors trained as peer mentors to promote awareness of issues of intolerance and privilege, lead these powerful experiential student workshops. Every sophomore student at Delbarton then enrolls in a one-term Social Justice course where he will study problems facing society today. Perspectives from Scripture, history, and Church teaching are included to bring this message to bear on specific issues, including poverty and hunger, global and environmental concerns, sexism and racial prejudice, and the aged and infirm. Faith and justice are linked to peace by helping students better understand that if they want peace, they must work for justice. The social justice student experience culminates in a sophomore class retreat at the Romero Center’s “Urban Experience” in Camden, heralded by both students and faculty as “eye opening” and “truly transformative”. This hands-on, intensive encounter involves films and dialogue, witness talks and identity role-playing, community service work and an exercise, challenging students placed in family units to feed themselves for twenty-four hours on only $3.00 a day per-person in a modern urban food desert.