Be Curious About Everything

Learning at Andover

Welcome to the state of being curious about everything. At Andover, learning is an active pursuit that takes many shapes and forms. There is no one set track for students here. The opportunities are limitless. Andover meets you where you are and takes you to where you want to go.

Our Faculty

We have hundreds of friendly, caring faculty and staff members, including more than 200 classroom teachers—nearly all of whom live on campus. They have interesting lives and complex, colorful histories. They’re versatile, inspirational, and ever-present as teachers, coaches, academic advisors, house counselors, mentors, and lifelong resources. Most of all, they were once like you: brainy, insatiably curious, multi-dimensional high school students. So they see you for who you are, and they help you discover who you’ll become. 

“It’s different here. Everyone is at the same level—really smart. We’re looking for a challenge. We want to push ourselves.” 

Alex, Senior New Canaan, CT

The World is Waiting For You

Every Andover student is encouraged to engage with cultures and practices very different than their own through Learning in the World (LITW). Spanning eight days to three weeks during spring break or early summer, these immersive, transformative programs are led by Andover faculty, supported by financial aid and sponsored by the Tang Institute.

300

courses offered, including 8 world languages and 150 electives

13

students in the average class

17,000

objects in the Addison Gallery of American Art

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The Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection is a rare and unique collection of atlases, maps and globes dating from 1434 well into the 19th century. The maps are frequently used by classes as teaching and learning tools to gain historical perspective on subjects being studied. 

Andover prides itself on having a 5:1 student to faculty ratio. Our classes are small and intensely interactive.

Meet our Faculty

These are the people that make Andover so special.

Clyfe Beckwith

“Inspiration lurks around every corner on this campus, like chaos theory where one small difference can result in a completely new outcome.”

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Carmen Munoz-Fernandez

Director of Learning in the World at the Tang Institute, as well as an instructor and house counselor

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John Bird

"What I want to model is a voracious appetite for aesthetic experience."

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Lilia Cai-Hurteau

Instructor, Chair, and this year’s Brace Center Faculty Fellow

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Caroline Odden

Instructor and Chair; Tang Institute Fellow. Caroline Odden's Astronomy Research class discovered a rare binary asteroid in 2016.

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Raj Mundra, P’20

"At Andover, we're always striving to know something really well. Traveling reminds you that you can't always do that."

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Sheena Hilton ’05

Instructor and Flagstaff Cluster Dean

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Paul Tortorella ’80

“It is an honor to coach in the rink named after my own coach at Andover."

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Emily Trespas

"In teaching, I strive to instill my students with curiosity and confidence in their creative promise."

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Leon Modeste

Instructor, Chair and Athletic Director. Coach Mo also prowls the sidelines for Big Blue Football.

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Thayer Zaeder ’83

Instructor and Department Chair. “As an art instructor, I try to pass on this wisdom—that inspiration can be found rather than divined.”

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Christina Landolt ’02

Department Chair. “My favorite part of this job is convincing students that they do have a voice in music.”

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Karin Knudson

Instructor and Chair

kknudson@andover.edu

Chris Jones

Instructor and Chair

cjones@andover.edu

Stephanie Curci

Department Chair. “We’re all constantly learning from one another, and the students keep teaching me how to teach them.”

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Andrew Housiaux

Instructor and Currie Family Director of the Tang Institute

ahousiaux@andover.edu

Jenny K. Elliott ’94, P’22

“Students who take advantage of Andover's support structures while tapping into their own developing values do the best here.”

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Tools for An Expansive Education

Tang Institute

A catalyst for connected learning explorations and experiences on campus and beyond, the Tang Institute is dedicated to helping Andover prepare students for tomorrow’s complex and interconnected world.

Brace Center & CAMD

The Brace Center for Gender Studies and Community and Multicultural Development bring together students, faculty, and staff to learn from one another in inclusive and accepting spaces.

Gelb Science Center

Three floors of flexible, contemporary lab and classroom space; college-level scientific equipment and digital integration; a seismometer, fish tanks, reptiles, and an observatory on the roof.

Addison Gallery of American Art

A nationally renowned art museum, right in the heart of campus. Home to works from Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Cindy Sherman, Georgia O’Keefe and Frank Stella ’54.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Library

Home to a makerspace, 90,000 volumes in print, hundreds of thousands of digital resources, and the most comprehensive secondary school reference library in the country.

Peabody Institute of Archaeology

A rare archaeological resource. Offers interdisciplinary classes, independent project opportunities, and expeditionary programs to France and the American Southwest.