Welcome to the World of the Hobart Shakespeareans
Year after year, The Hobart Shakespeareans excel. They read passionately, far above their grade level; tackle algebra, and stage Shakespeare so professionally that they often wow the great Shakespearean actor himself, Sir Ian McKellen.
Yet this takes place in Room 56, a private facility that the kids call their safe haven. These children want a more challenging curriculum than traditional schools are offering. Few of the children in this enrichment program speak English as a first language. Most come from poor families.
What's the winning recipe? A diet of intensive learning mixed with a lot of kindness and fun. These children work long hours after school and even work on Saturdays. The come during vacation. They take field trips all over the world. They play rock and roll music. Mediocrity has no place in their classroom. And the results follow them for life, as they go on to outstanding colleges.
It is not easy, but these children dare to defy society's expectations. These kids are hungry, and they want out. They work their way out. After all, there are no shortcuts.