IT’S AUTHENTIC & ENGAGING!
In order for kids to learn, we believe kids “IN THE MIDDLE” need to be actively engaged in their learning! Learning needs to have purpose and relevance to their lives; students want to know WHY the lessons they are learning is important and to know that they have a positive IMPACT in the world in which they live.
Our learning is structured by ESSENTIAL/DRIVING QUESTIONS that allow students to see the relevance of what they are learning to their own lives. Learning stretches beyond factual learning. It results in students creating real products through which they APPLY and DEMONSTRATE their DEEPER LEARNING.
This means students create products for MARKET DAY in conjunction with their Global Awareness Unit, create PERFECT CIVILIZATIONS to tie in their learning about Ancient Civilizations, and take stands on social justice issues as part of a HEAD, HEART, HANDS PROJECT to culminate their middle school experience.
More Than Just a School
Middle School teachers are intentional in their curriculum design. Taking into account the prescribed learning outcomes that need to be taught at each grade level, they collaborate together to design learning experiences that are authentic, differentiated, and lead to the development of 21st Century skills such as COLLABORATION, PRESENTATION, CRITIQUE, and REVISION. They challenge students to engage in authentic and in-depth inquiry experiences that can lead to public presentations of their learning, thus increasing the authenticity of their learning.