Although Green School doesn’t conform to most people’s mental image of what a school is meant to look like, we are committed to providing an internationally recognized academic education that gives our students the ability to be competitive and successful in the wider world.
You’ll find all of the traditional subjects here, up and down the grade levels. The difference at Green School is that academics come wrapped in rich layers of experiential, environmental, and entrepreneurial learning and the creative arts. In the process we hope to create more authentic motivations for learning, and at the same time expand our students’ sense of global citizenship and environmental responsibility while exposing them to different possibilities for how we live and grow as a fragile planet.
The cornerstone of the Green School curriculum is the Three Frame Day, where every day includes:
The Integral Frame
Thematic teaching challenges the students in four ways: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually – in every lesson.This enables students to have a deeply satisfying learning experience, develop as whole people, and remain engaged with the learning process as a result. The integral themes support the students’ ever-widening interests and stages of awareness.
The Instructional Frame
These lessons target core-skills that need repetitive practice. They are underpinned by traditional subject syllabi, including: mathematics, English, music theory, and languages other than English. Co-operative learning, multi-level teaching, multiple intelligence theory, and a three day rhythm are employed in these lessons – strategies proven in promoting deep learning.
The Experiential Frame
This frame occupies an extended time-slot each day. Experiential sessions link students to real world enterprises and take advantage of learning opportunities that arise on, or off, campus, e.g. the arrival of a culture group, the installation of a renewable energy project, the birth of livestock, etc. The lessons have three main purposes:
1. to facilitate entrepreneurial, technological education,
2. to promote diverse health and physical education opportunities, and
3. to provide for arts and crafts education