Learning is challenging. Students at all levels are pushed and supported to do more than they think they can. Excellence is expected in the quality of their work and thinking. Learning is active, students will engage in learning that involves connections with their peers and the community. Students are scientists, urban planners, historians, and activists. They investigate real community problems and collaborate with peers to develop creative, actionable solutions. Learning is meaningful. Students apply their skills and knowledge to real-world issues and make positive change in their communities. They see the relevance of their learning and are motivated by understanding that learning has purpose.Learning is public. Through formal structures of presentation, exhibition, critique, and data analysis, students and teachers build a shared vision of pathways to achievement.
At River Bluff High School our approach to curriculum makes standards come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. Through case studies and learning expeditions the classroom are alive with discovery, inquiry, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. Our leaders, teachers, and students embrace the power of student-engaged assessment practices to build student ownership of learning. This includes working with learning targets, models, reflection, critique, rubrics, and experts.
9th Grade Learning Expeditions
Tread Lightly: The Impact of a Footprint (English 2 HN, Biology 1 HN)
Know Physics, No Pain (English 1, Physical Science)
11th Grade Learning Expeditions (English 3, AP English 4, United States History, AP United State History)
Power in American Culture and History
12th Grade Learning Expeditions (in CREW)
In CREW, seniors tackle the question “How can I be a better local to global citizen?” through a culminating event known as the IMPACT Conference.