Every student at SCS is engaged in designing learning experiences that arise from their own curiosity, passions, or vocational calling. Students exercise voice and choice at the outset by selecting which adult advisor they will work with for the year and by coordinating their schedule for each semester. Students are placed into math, language arts, and foreign language classes based on their level of competency. They are then free to fill the rest of their schedule with independent or group project work and a variety of elective project-based classes.
Students are supported in taking ownership of their learning in all phases of the project process through the use of a learner management software tool called Project Foundry. For example, in the proposal phase, students must complete a template in which they articulate essential questions they want to answer. They use these questions as a guide as they create a full project proposal that includes a list of resources, a time-sensitive task list, and the ways in which they will demonstrate their learning through final products. Once a proposal has been approved, students are responsible for managing their own time and for documenting their learning by logging time each day. Students regularly discuss their learning challenges, highlights, and insights in their morning advisory groups and in weekly one-on-one meetings with their advisors. In the evaluation phase, credits are awarded based on the amount of time logged and the quality of the products produced.
In the presentation phase, students may share their products in a finalization meeting with two advisors, present their learning to the entire school, or give a public presentation to parents and other community members during one of our biannual presentation nights.