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 Home > Curriculum > 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. Learn more about the GCCS Curriculum Framework. Expedition Examples Prehistory Learn More Early People/Woodland Peoples Learn More Indians/Explorers/Settlers Learn More Village to City Learn More City Grows Learn More Today & Tomorrow Learn More Capstone Year Learn More What’s Up? A look at a Prehistory expedition View video to learn more. Fieldwork & Guest Experts Visit Community as a Classroom page for more information Final Products & Exhibition Night Click here for more information.