If students are to become competent, self-motivated, lifelong learners, they must be given the opportunity to practice self-motivated learning. Their enthusiasms and interests must be empowered to alter the course of learning that happens in the classroom. Students are supported in self-directing their learning to investigate those things they are passionate about. Teachers flexibly modify their curriculum to respond to student ideas, linger on a topic that kids find fascinating or challenging, and allow students a great deal of choice.
This freedom extends to our teachers as well. Every person has something new and interesting to teach. Education is not just about core academic studies. It is also about the broadening of the mind and the exploration of what we are capable of. Our Electives program is the expression of that idea. For one afternoon each week, the school breaks into Electives classes; small courses offered by teachers, parents, or other members of the community who have a skill and a passion to share. Students choose one class per trimester out of a wide variety of topics, such as:
- Computers / Keyboarding
- Forein Language (Spanish, Japanese, Sign Language, etc.)
- Outdoor Games
- Video Production