Core Curriculum for our students includes language arts, math, science, history, social sciences, philosophy, music, art, physical education and Spanish. The curriculum is integrated as much as possible, so it may be difficult sometimes to discern where one subject ends and another begins.
In addition, starting at approximately age nine, students begin choosing from a handful of electives each semester and invest time in their interests. Electives are designed to strengthen athletic, interpersonal, and/or artistic skills. We emphasize these programs as a part of our curricula rather than as a strictly “supplementary” addition, as we believe that we have a responsibility to provide programming that strengthens and shapes life skills outside of the classroom. Read a sampling of past electives.
Our curriculum emphasizes:
Finding out what the students already know, what their needs are, and where their interests lie
Inquiry, observation, exploration, investigation, and experimentation
Making connections across disciplines
Critical thinking and problem solving, prioritizing these above rote skills
The learning process versus a polished product
Collaboration versus solitary seatwork
While curriculum at PLS is designed and implemented by individual teachers, the entire staff meets regularly to ensure that our curriculum is intentional, cohesive, sequential and mission-appropriate. PLS teachers use Pennsylvania State Standards as the framework for planning curriculum.
A Word About Technology
At Project Learn School, we believe students should learn to use technology in meaningful ways that promotes 21st century communication skills. We strive to integrate technology into our hands-on, project-based curriculum in age appropriate
ways, working carefully to strike the right balance between “screen time” and “face-time.” Read more