Learning should be rigorous, relevant, and relational. We achieve this by organizing our curriculum into 6 Interconnected Learning Pathways, rather than the conventional disjointed “silos” like “Chemistry” or “Social Studies”. The real world is interconnected. Our Pathways are aligned to state academic standards and assessment requirements and are designed to engage teachers, students, families. They are integral to our educational philosophy, and our goal of graduating students who are thoughtful, engaged citizens.
Creative Expression might be spoken, mimed, drummed and horned, whispered or sung, live or taped, staged or impromptu, written or read, acapella or chorus. Listen, get up, dance. Move and move others.
Unique spaces and places to develop capacity for creativity, artistic design, creative problem solving, and the interrelationship among talent, expertise, creative-thinking skills, and motivation. This is Maker Space. Chisels, CNC, welding. The Fab Labs host the skills acquired in the Digital Universe: Robotics engineering meets code. And here, the alchemy of Essential Ingredients becomes product.
Edible School Yard
Gardens and kitchens as interactive classrooms, from wellness and nutrition to botany and urban agriculture systems design including: aquaponics, vermicomposting, algae cultivation, and mushroom cultivation. This is where we design, dig, tend, cultivate, gather, cook, eat, and celebrate good food and cultures. The ESY embodies the 5 E’s of sustainability: Environment, Economy, Equity, Education, and Empowerment.
Cloud-based savvy tools: Google docs, Adobe Creative Cloud, SketchUp 3D CAD. Access to the universe is open 24/7 and does not require a zip code. Here we Code, program robotics – EV3, NXT, myRio, Arduino, Raspberry Pi.
Better Planet hosts thinking about ecology, social justice, human geography, resource stewardship, public policy, building healthy communities…This is where biology and policy intersect; where honed negotiating skills and collaboration meet the simulated ‘World Peace Games’ and the Model UN.