Every eight weeks, the regular school schedule pauses, and students take time to hone their academic and enrichment know-how by engaging in learning projects that culminate in performances, competitions or other celebrations. Examples of expeditions include:
Plays, TV, Movies: Make Your Stories Come to Life!
Have you ever thought of a story that would make a great play, tv show, or movie? Here’s your chance! In this Expedition, you will produce scenes/short plays to be performed by experienced actors. You will learn how to bring your stories to life using acting exercises, improvisation, writing skills, and teamwork.
Elm City Builders
Our sister school building is just too small. We need you to help us design a building addition! You will learn the skills of an architect, interior designer, and construction manager as you make important decisions on how to use this new space.
Forensic Science: Collecting and Connecting Clues
Learn how to collect and use evidence to solve mysteries! Through case-studies, discussions with experts, and exciting science experiments, you will learn about specific types and uses of evidence and act as a forensic science expert in a mock trial!
By spending dedicated time going deep on real-world topics, students have an opportunity to extend and apply their knowledge and skills, expand their repertoire of word and world knowledge, and gain access to a robust set of life opportunities that will fuel their passion. These experiences can extend beyond typical curricula, and always deepen academic learning, culminating in show-off moments like hack-a-thons, competitions, or other performances.
These Expeditions, often conducted in partnership with carefully selected external partners, offer deep community building experiences for students, staff and parents—reinforcing their shared purpose and commitment to one another. While some school staff may desire to lead expeditions on a rotating basis, the expeditions are largely driven by network-level staff. This makes far more professional development and preparation time for school staff possible, lengthens the school year for students without adding onto the school year for staff, and allows for the network to develop in-house and community partner expedition experts that then run high-quality expeditions in rotation for different schools.