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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future

Student-Directed Learning

Project-based learning follows a unique continuum at Spectrum School, with the goal being increasing student ownership and self-direction over the course of the year and across all levels. By graduation, we aim to see students who are autonomous in all academic skills, research, inquiry, and study habits; students who have learned how they learn best and can manage any academic situation or demand.

Consider a series of spirals that begin with Plan-Do-Review and work time in Early Elementary; embed inquiry cycles and student interest by the time they enter Intermediate Elementary; expand to passions and design processes and expertise via Genius Hour by Upper Elementary, building on interest groups, personal projects, and apprenticeships by Middle School.