Our underlying curriculum is the road map for day-to-day student learning. Basic skills are developed through continuous progress according to the needs and abilities of the student, rather than grade-level expectations. Subject content mastery is evaluated and goals are set individually for each student by discipline.
At Rainard, we use our own unique, school-wide, year-long learning themes. While the underlying curriculum serves as the baseline guide for studies, each of these learning themes provides inspiration and focus for learning opportunities, including classroom investigations, class projects, reading selections, and field trips.
These year-long, major themes rotate every three years. They are:
What makes humans unique among life forms?
How does this driving force affect us?
How does our planet work?
Curriculum by Discipline
Content is learned and applied through these curricula while studying the rotating topics tied to each year’s theme. The integrated thematic curriculum is problem and self-interest project-based.
Curriculum resources used are individualized to fit each student at their level of understanding and ability using the talents of the teacher who tailors lessons to fulfill each student’s needs.
The school has built a curriculum based on knowledge benchmarks according to grade and in line with best practices for gifted students. All curriculum is tailored and differentiated for individual student’s needs.
Emphasis is placed on complex, abstract, and higher level thinking skills in students with a focus on open-ended tasks allowing for individual interests. Students investigate the layers of experience within a discipline through details, patterns, trends, unanswered questions and ethical considerations.
Teachers also work with students to develop independent or self-directed projects and skills with opportunities to work individually, in pairs, and in group situations.