CREW (Creating Relationships Exploring Within)

All students and teachers are part of CREW.  CREW directs the course of learning – literally taking the wheel. As with a crew on a ship, students will not just be “along for the ride.”  They are responsible for where the journey leads.  Through teamwork students not only grow as learners, but as a people too.  CREW is a hallmark experience of schools in the EL Education Network.  “CREW is an engine for equity” at River Bluff – Ron Berger, EL Education.

Students are part of an 18-20 student “CREW” that meets each day throughout the school year. CREW experiences are supervised by a CREW LEADER.  CREW LEADERs facilitate daily activities but do not drive them.  In CREW, all have leadership opportunities as part of a team.

The purpose of CREW is to help develop life skills including confidence, responsibility, respect, honesty, communication, and personal and academic drive. It provides students with a safe place to explore, share, create, make mistakes, reflect, learn, prepare, and celebrate.  The small size of CREW helps students connect with their CREW LEADER and fellow classmates on a personal and positive level.  Forming bonds and relationships build community and guide overall academic success at River Bluff High School.

CREW has been a learning experience at River Bluff since its founding in 2013.  In the fall of 2015, CREW became a credit bearing course available to all students as it was locally approved by the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees and assigned a course code for enrollment by the South Carolina Department of Education.  EL Education Schools within the national network locally decide if the CREW experience meets the criteria within each state for a Carnegie Unit.

During CREW, students work on:

➢    Building relationships

➢    Strengthening literacy

➢    Providing service

➢    Exploring adventure and fitness opportunities

➢    Preparing for college or post-secondary careers

➢    Handling school business

Students are not passengers; in CREW students are part of a family that re-defines what it means to be a learning community that truly supports and challenges one another at River Bluff High School.

At River Bluff, WE are CREW.

Click here to see River Bluff’s inclusion in a national video on the Power of CREW.

Click here for an in-depth look at CREW at River Bluff and some of our partner schools.

Click here for a look into the design of CREW curriculum.

Click here and hear why our faculty believe CREW is the heartbeat of River Bluff.

Vision Statement

CREW is family. We start in a circle. We end in a circle. Regardless of our differences, we stand together.

The CREW experience provides both academic and emotional support. With the guidance of a CREW Leader, CREW gives you a safe space to explore, share, create, make mistakes, reflect, learn, prepare, encourage, and celebrate.

The purpose of CREW is to help you develop life skills including: confidence, responsibility, respectful honesty, communication, personal and academic drive, and the desire for understanding.

CREW promotes true connections between members, and guests are treated as members.

CREW supports students developing into ethical people, effective learners and contributors to a better world.

At River Bluff, CREW is home.  WeAreCREW.

CREW Case Study Questions

9th Grade: Leader in CREW – Who am I?

10 Grade: CREW 2 – Where am I now?

11th Grade: CREW 3 – How do I get to where I want to go?

12th Grade: CREW 4 – How can I become a active local to global citizen?

Important Documents Regarding CREW

CREW Rating Rubric

CREW Rating Explanation

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