Thematic, Hands-On, Experiential Learning
Through a hands-on thematic curriculum grounded in environmental science and tied together through ethics, students will seek to answer five essential questions:
- How can we learn more about ourselves, our community, our country, and our environment?
- How are natural systems, individuals and communities connected and interdependent?
- How has technology affected the world throughout history?
- How are we impacted by the forces of nature and how do we react or adapt to these disturbances?
- What does the Earth provide for its inhabitants and how do we sustain Earth’s bounties?
The thematic curriculum aligns with traditional middle school courses, so students can smoothly transition between Steward Semester and their own school.
At the center of our curriculum, Earth and Environmental Science is taught in the field on our 740 acre campus. Stewards engage in three dimensional scientific learning drawn from the Next Generation Science Standards:
- Investigating the key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines.
- Exploring connections across the four domains of science, including: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design.
- Applying science and engineering practices that scientists use to investigate the natural world and design and build systems. These practices better explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science and the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it requires.
Stewards connect scientific principles to real-world situations, allowing for engaging and relevant instruction to explore complicated topics and learn about the world they inhabit. They examine the interdependent relationships in ecosystems and learn the history of shared responsibility for nature preservation. Field studies focus on forces of nature, natural systems, geology, and human impact on the environment. The goal of instruction is for students to be able to explain real-world phenomena and to design solutions.
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
Courses not included in the thematic curriculum are tailored to individual student levels to ensure Stewards can push ahead at their own pace with 1:1 or small group support.