At the heart of our teaching is the belief that students learn best when given hands-on and active learning opportunities. Often, within a given class, students have the opportunity to choose from among several projects that allow them to independently or collaboratively make the material their own.
Project-based learning and assessment require students to produce a tangible project that demonstrates understanding of material and utilizes skills regularly practiced in class. Assessment occurs in stages to provide meaningful feedback.
Unit projects often encompass: studio arts (sculptures, models, and videos), performing arts (dramatic skits, speeches, and original music), and construction and building (small and large structures).
Large group 2015-2016 projects include:
Outdoor Teaching Space This year's senior gift to the school is an outdoor teaching space near the front entrance. The planks for the bench were milled locally and timber framed by five 9th grade students. The cedar plank backdrop that forms the backrest is shaped into the 360-degree view from the school's turret. The mountains' names will be routed in below the peaks. Several late-fall classes have already utilized the space.