Learning expeditions engage students

Learning through an

Interdisciplinary Approach

The local community and environment serve as primary resources for learning. An emphasis on hands-on, real-world learning experiences, develops strong ties to the community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens.

Learning Expeditions

The curriculum is divided into six historical time periods. Each class studies three time periods per year by engaging in intensive, interdisciplinary learning expeditions that combine social studies, science, literacy, and the arts.

Curriculum Framework

The whole school studies the same time period at the same time, but each grade-level loop investigates different topics. As they advance, students make increasingly complex global comparisons and connections, rooted in experiences at the local level. Sixth graders spend their capstone year investigating and proposing solutions to address a contemporary local issue. In every learning expedition, children engage in intensive research, reading, writing, scientific exploration, fieldwork, and real-world application of their studies.

Expedition Examples

Prehistory

Prehistory

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LE early people

Early People/Woodland Peoples

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LE indians settlers

Indians/Explorers/Settlers

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Village to City

Village to City

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LE city grows

City Grows

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LE today

Today & Tomorrow

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LE capstone

Capstone Year

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What’s Up?  

A look at a Prehistory expedition

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Fieldwork & Guest Experts

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Final Products & Exhibition Night

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