Our Place-based Academic Curriculum
- Is created with our 400-acre outdoor classroom in mind; we use it regularly as a laboratory and resource for place-based studies.
- Engages all disciplines in an integrated manner, and is designed to meet children where they are – developmentally, academically, and socially.
- Is aligned with a child’s natural developmental continuum. The geographic area of study expands comfortably as the child grows and is able to explore farther afield and grasp larger concepts.
- Emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning in an engaging manner, allowing students to develop ties to their community and the natural world.
- Encourages finding reasons and solutions to real-life problems, which allows students to apply and use academic knowledge, fostering problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
- Is standards-relevant: the Next Generation Science Standards, National Council for Social Studies Learning Targets, and Common Core Standards for Math and Literacy serve as guides and benchmarks for learning.
- Has social studies and science content at the core, with writing and reading projects linked appropriately and authentically to support and enhance the learning.
- Incorporates music, art, farm, kitchen, and outdoor living skills as an integral part of the curriculum, allowing for individual focus on these subject areas as well.
- Asks students to understand and actively embrace the goals of getting to know the physical, cultural, and ecological components of their local environment.