STS is well known for setting high academic expectations for students at all grade levels. In addition to high standards, we place a premium on the presentation of learned skills and acquired knowledge. Our students are continuously learning by doing, and the results are signature projects that embody an inter-disciplinary approach, expand learning beyond the classroom walls, and reflect individual student’s passions and interests.
At the heart of our signature projects is our strong belief in “curriculum with coherence.” At STS this means:
We develop our program children are expected to become proficient and eloquent in the written and spoken word and in the language of mathematics. Students are expected to establish a solid understanding of core knowledge and skills within the various content areas, including language arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), mathematics, social studies, science, foreign language, fine arts, technology, and physical education. We organize core subjects within a framework of cross-disciplinary themes, which help students see connections across subjects and relate what they learn to life.
Core Learning Skills
We know that in addition to a solid foundation of essential knowledge and skills within all content areas, students must develop core learning skills in order to be successful as life-long learners and future leaders. We integrate five core learning skills throughout the curriculum: technological, social, thinking, research, and self-management.
We develop curriculum through a backward design model in which we identify desired results, determine acceptable evidence, and plan learning experiences and instruction. Through the process of curriculum renewal, we ensure that learning experiences are connected from year-to-year, gradually building a solid academic foundation and a positive, confident approach to learning.