Extraordinary people. Each focusing on a passion, learning at their own pace. Working hard. Playing hard. Mastering Core Skills while learning 21st century skills through real world projects. Welcome to our “Explorer” studio!
As self-directed learners, Explorers customize their reading, writing and math goals based on their skills and interests. They gather in teams to hold Socratic discussions about civilizations and ethical dilemmas. Our badge system allows students to collect, communicate and celebrate their hard work, growth and achievement.
Explorers hone their leadership skills by guiding elementary book clubs, coaching younger students on goal-setting, meditating peer disputes, managing studio maintenance teams, and facilitating Socratic discussions. As part of our ongoing school improvement process, they lead committees, determine policies and continually improve daily life at Greenfields.
Explorers utilize their Core Skills in practical ways through a series of projects. Through these project-based learning experiences, students explore science, social studies, business, and arts. Our projects are designed so students not only dive deep into the subject matter, but practice using the cognitive processes that underlie learning and will allow them to tackle any challenge that comes their way. Public exhibitions at the end of each quest provide an opportunity to showcase learning.
Friday Discovery Day workshops give students time to explore their curiosities and be exposed to new ideas and experiences. Students can choose to work on an independent project, participate in club meetings, travel on a field trip, or attend their choice of workshops led by Guides, students, or visiting heroes. Explorers dig further into self-discovery by securing multiple apprenticeships to learn more about potential careers.
Each year, our Middle School students obtain an apprenticeship. They experiment with entrepreneurs, scientists and community leaders, honing their most precious gifts and talents until they find a “calling” in life.
Young heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions.
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