The Exploratory program gives Middle School students variety in the curriculum as well as opportunities to expand their interests by trying new things. The Exploratory class is a loosely structured period that welcomes all grades, in which evaluation and marks take a backseat to the sheer thrill of learning something new.
Exploratory units run in four sessions throughout the year, during which students have about 10 to 12 Exploratory classes. Both teachers and students put forward ideas for Exploratory units based on their interests and passions, and those proposals that attract a critical mass of students are added to the timetable.
The Middle School uses the exploratory format as an important vehicle for their leadership program. The cross-grade interaction that is a hallmark of the exploratory experience gives older students the opportunity to model leadership for the younger kids and for those younger students to learn by the example of people closer to their own age.
Some examples of subjects that have been explored in the program are:
- Bike Repair
Read more about the 2015 program in Exploratory is All About Your Passions and Trying Something New.