“At The Studio School, we are learning that real education is not simply about taking in information – it is also about making connections, and then knowing how to communicate what we have learned. One of our favorite classes is One World because it’s all about seeing how everything connects. ”
Studio’s One World curriculum, conceived and developed by our Head of School and the teaching staff, is innovative in its integrative approach to the disciplines of science and social studies (i.e. the life, physical, and earth sciences, history, civics, and geography). The core concepts are structure, growth, systems, cycles, transformation, and interdependence.
Take, for example, the concept of structures, as studied in different ways over the years. In an Early Childhood class, the students might explore how their family is structured, or walk around the neighborhood and make observations about buildings that they can construct in block building. Elementary students might study layers of the earth’s structure, the human skeleton, and bridges. Middle school students might study the structure of historic societies, the United States government, and the organization of cells and living organisms. Studying the social sciences, history, and geography with life, physical, and earth science, through the core concepts, highlights the ways in which they are related.
By studying these subjects simultaneously, students are inspired to make insightful and original connections between disciplines through the underlying integrative concepts.
“If you give to our scholarship fund, we will be able to make a new connection with another student and share the way we are learning about the world with him or her. The Studio School is teaching us to have happy, healthy, and joyful lives, and we want to share that with others.”