Academics

To thrive in the current century, students need to master a more complex set of skills than ever before. While the traditional skills and competencies of foundational literacies such as math and the humanities are critical, current research and experience tell us that they are not enough. To that end, we created four cross-disciplinary literacies that are interwoven into curriculum. We challenge students to see all literacies not as silos, but rather as interrelated systems that reflect the complexity of the real world.

To view the curricular arc by subject matter across grades K-8, view the Curriculum Guide here.

What does this look like in the classroom?

In the classroom, many projects, units, and lessons combine foundational literacies, cross-disciplinary literacies, and metacognitive skills so that students are simultaneously practicing and building upon these important skills.

2nd Grade Marble Roll

Students investigate variables, conduct experiments, make hypotheses, and build cardboard ramps to study the factors that cause marbles to roll farther. Read more

 

6th Grade Facing Fears

Following a lesson on genetics, science and SEL are merged when exotic insects are brought into the classroom and students observe and manage their own fears and emotions. Read more

 

8th Grade Media Literacy Week

Students examine media messages and think critically about how messages are delivered to specific audiences, then work in small teams to produce their own media messages.

 

Kindergarten Weaving

In the spring, kindergarteners engage in a weaving unit during which they learn about weaving materials, study the art of weaving from different cultures, and practice weaving themselves. Read more

 

1st Grade Bubble Wands Project

First graders apply the design thinking model to create bubble wands. They sketch their design, choose materials, build a prototype, and keep interacting until they are successful.

 

7th Grade Bizjack Project

Seventh graders conduct a video oral history interview of a local area senior to capture a “primary source” account of an historical event. Read more

 

5th Grade Civil Rights Unit

Fifth grade students study the American Revolution from different perspectives and draw connections between child activism during the Children's Movement of the 1960s and the Soweto uprising. Read more