The “thread of Inquiry” for each level will be continuously examined over the course of the four terms. Students will have two long blocks of inquiry-based learning each day, a Humanities block and a STEM block, each led by a certified teacher with the assistance of an aid or intern. These blocks will integrate language arts, mathematics, sciences, and social studies into coherent modules for thematic student-centered learning. Visual and performing arts will also be integrated, in both the humanities and science blocks, as processes for exploring and expressing deep knowledge. Basic drawing, vocal, movement, and performance skills will be an essential component of the first year curriculum. Later, students will have more choice in developing specific arts-related skills and knowledge through mentors, tutors, and independent study.
Other shorter blocks throughout the day will provide opportunities for tutoring, small group collaborative sessions, wellness, and student participation in school governance. Every Monday, the day begins with a school-wide “Morning Meeting,” to discuss and vote on school issues. Each morning Tuesday – Thursday begins with a “Problem of the Day,” a STEAM challenge that increases in complexity over the course of the week (derived from the University Child Development School model, “Math Vitamins,” and their Build-Draw-Record method). “Flex Days” on Fridays allow time for more freedom to pursue individual interests. Fridays begin with a “School Service” block, time to work together and help out around the school with activities like campus clean-up, garden harvesting & food preparation, hanging student artwork, etc.