When students are curious, research facts, design and innovate, the mind becomes engaged and energized to understand what we can’t see, build what we haven’t seen, and conceive of what we will one day see.
At IDEAL School, we believe innovation is creativity with a purpose. When students are curious, research facts, design and innovate, the mind becomes engaged and energized to understand what we can’t see, build what we haven’t seen, and conceive of what we will one day see. At IDEAL, students use a relevant toolkit of 21st century skills as they engage in academically rigorous, relevant, complex, real world problem solving.
In addition to project-based learning in core curriculum classes, IDEAL Middle School students have the opportunity to experience Intensive Programs as a cross-curricular class in the afternoon. Through the Project Based Learning activities, the teachers collaborate and create environments wherein they and their students work with complex, intriguing situations that foster inquiry, research, and the drawing of reasonable conclusions.
The diversity of mind skills involved in Intensive Programs means that every IDEAL student gets challenged in unexpected ways and every student finds a way to leverage their personal unique set of skills against novel challenges. Student experience a sense of play, problems that intrigue and engage environments and activities that inspire novelty. These are all qualities of Intensive Programs and are what brain research tells us help students genuinely learn.
- Students participating in Intensive Studies will receive 4 class sessions each week devoted to developing their knowledge base and skill set in the choice program.
- This program involves intense, advanced level of learning in the subject area of the student’s choice.
- Students will receive at least One Assessment grade per month, in addition to participation, conduct and effort grades.
- Students will receive an attendance grade.
- Students will receive Report Card grades for the Intensive Studies Program.