Prospective Students

A Dynamic, Independent Approach

Thank you for your interest in how we teach at School for Community Learning.

Our students learn to be proactive in dealing with the socio-economic problems and environmental conditions that affect their communities. They learn to use:

  • their minds to discern complex societal and global problems,
  • their hearts to bring alive their passions, and
  • their voices to advocate for the issues and causes they believe in.

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Project Based Learning

Projects – big and small – at the School for Community Learning encourage students to work with an idea and demonstrate their understanding. All students engage in service and project based learning throughout the school year and are aware of the social issues and needs that our communities currently face.

Each year, we invite students, community, and family members to a Curricular Summit to share what they believe our students should be learning, as well as the social issues that are most critical for them to understand and impact. From the Curricular Summit, we create a question that the entire school – staff and students alike – will study. For the 2016-17 school year, our question is, “What is a system?” We will discuss such questions as: How and why are systems interdependent? How are living things affected by systems and how are systems affected by living things? How are my well being and the well being of others interdependent? What is a sustainable system?

Workshops

Our students learn Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Art through a workshop model. This allows our teachers to present content and strategies to the whole class, and then meet individually with students several times a week to ensure that the learning needs of each child are being met. These workshops provide an opportunity for children to see themselves as writers, scientists, mathematicians, and scholars. Students publish a variety of writing assignments each year, read and discuss books of their choosing across many genres, and learn mathematical strategies that allow them to understand the underlying concepts.

Responsive Classroom

Students learn in community at the School for Community Learning. We believe that a school’s social curriculum is just as important as its academic curriculum. We deliberately build community into the classroom. Here, students learn how to work together across differences and understand each other’s strengths.

Passions

Twice a week, all students take hands-on classes that they have chosen from a variety of elective options. These classes change every nine weeks. Past and current choices have included:

  • Music and song
  • Foreign language study
  • Chess
  • Social action and social justice projects
  • Yoga
  • Fencing
  • Outdoor play
  • Gaming
  • Soccer
  • …and more!

Teachers, subject matter experts, and community groups lead these special classes for our students (contact us if you’d like to volunteer to teach a Passions class). Passions classes allow children to engage in the things they are most excited about, in a way that enhances their academic and social growth.

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