Renaissance Thinking: 100% Engaging
By combining a global approach to learning standards with an individual approach to learning outcomes, our unique and innovative school provides a learning oasis for children.
Renaissance thinking develops from arts-infused academic coursework that fosters an integrated understanding of the arts and sciences. It is characterized by understanding, creativity, innovation, and transformation. “People who are high in both the [rational and experiential] thinking styles are Renaissance people. They have the brains of scientists and the sensibilities of poets.” Scientific American
"For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward."
Leonardo da Vinci
"Curriculum integration begins with the idea that the sources of curriculum ought to be…life itself. Young people are encouraged to integrate learning experiences…so as to broaden and deepen their understanding of themselves and their world." (Bean) "Teachers should be active curriculum designers and determine the nature and degree of integration and the scope and sequence of study...[in order to] provide...a more relevant, less fragmented, and stimulating experience for students." (Jacobs) For more information about our integrated curriculum, visit these pages: 50% English and 50% Chinese.
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
Children are encouraged to progress at a pace that matches their readiness rather than their age. Our block scheduling allows us more flexibility in placement. It is important for each child to come to school daily expecting to be engaged and challenged.
Kids learn optimally from “a curriculum that moves at their pace and is at the appropriate depth for their rate of learning,..If it goes too fast, they’re going to be frustrated. If it goes too slow, they’re going to be bored...One size does not fit all.”Lubinski, Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (Vanderbilt University)
Individualized Learning Plans & Portfolios
Individualized Learning Plans, which describe academic and social benchmarks, serve as a travel journal, noting destinations along the learning pathway and progress throughout the journey. Students, teachers, and family members participate in setting the itinerary. Souvenirs of the journey are collected along the way to create the ultimate scrap book, a learning portfolio.
"A portfolio should be a celebration of the child’s unique abilities, achievements, and progress, displayed through authentic samples."
Batzle, Portfolio Assessment and Evaluation