A major component of The College School curriculum is our Specialist experiences. Along with working with their classroom teachers both in and outside of the building, students are able to more deeply explore other disciplines with our Specialists teachers.
In Early Childhood, students listen, tell, make up and act out stories with an emphasis on characters and creativity. In Elementary school, students act in their first play and learn the behind the scenes of production. In Middle School, students showcase their skills through such performances as Circus Skills and Shakespeare. The confidence and articulation of our students (that you will find exceptionally distinctive to The College School) stem from myriad opportunities to perform and speak in front of others.
Instrumental and vocal music is ever-present at The College School. Novice mallet work transforms to accomplished strumming, and enthusiastic singers become veritable vocalists over the years. Students supports school-wide performances by providing live accompaniment, directing our bi-annual art shares, and composing original pieces that become part of our school history.
Greenhouse and Gardens
Take a tour of our school and you will likely find students amidst seedlings and topsoil in our 350 sq. ft greenhouse. Students learn the impact of personal and community choices on the environment and become good environmental stewards. In addition, students and teachers work with our chef to support the food program by integrating the Greenhouse, gardens, classrooms, and kitchen.
Whether in our Atelier for Early Childhood students or our Visual Arts classroom for Grades 1-8, students explore a variety of visual art concepts including sculpture, bookmaking, and paint. Students bring their perspectives and experiences to their work and get the opportunity to design sets and props for school plays as well as study different artists and their work. Projects are often tied to classroom work, but can also be stand alone.
Students are instructed in Spanish through real-life application and classroom practice. Our youngest students learn their colors and number vocabulary, while our older students practice sentence composition and conversation. Students also bring their lessons to life by practicing their Spanish at local restaurants and bakeries on Cherokee street.
Character development, cooperation, teamwork, and community building are all key components of physical education classes. Students engage in a wide range of organized sports and games, such as basketball, archery, field hockey and more, to be positive team players and to do their personal best.