The Discovery Program for grades three to five is a process-based program. Students are taught to think more creatively, solve problems in new ways, appreciate their strengths, recognize and improve upon their weaknesses, communicate effectively and accurately, and collaborate with others.
The multifaceted projects are open-ended and student-interest driven. Critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving are vital learning experiences. Students are encouraged to discover and research their passions. They are urged to open their eyes to the wonders of the universe, and to master the tools which will augment their studies. Exploratory activities help students appreciate areas of investigation. They study ways that practitioners operate within various disciplines, practice those skills, and seek to create authentic products for real audiences.
Time management is an important component of this program. Assignments are long-term and require daily attention. Students must budget time into their daily schedules to work on program expectations.
As there are no grades, students have a unique opportunity to undertake new types of projects and think in novel ways. They are invited to explore, take risks, and grow from their experiences. Our programming seeks to help students grow their cognitive, affective, and productive abilities. Besides offering differentiation in the classroom, enrichment options include half-year pull-out programs for grades three, four, and five, and participation in a TED-Ed Club.
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