Curriculum at Catlin Gabel
We are pleased to share our curriculum mission, goals and maps with you as a view into learning and teaching at Catlin Gabel. Our curriculum addresses academics as well as students’ social and intellectual development, character, and creativity.
Please click on each of the links below to explore subject area philosophies, essential questions, understandings, knowledge and skills and assessments. We continually review and refine our curriculum. Deep understanding and transformative learning happens when teachers work closely with students to inquire, engage, create, and apply their learning. We are proud to offer a broad and rich curriculum that deeply engages our students and helps them make interdisciplinary connections.
The Catlin Gabel Curriculum Map illustrates our dynamic approach and shows how subject matter builds from grade to grade.
What you are viewing today is a snapshot in time of subject area philosophies, essential questions, understandings, knowledge and skills, and assessments. We continually review and refine our curriculum. Our curriculum map is an evolving document and will be updated to reflect new developments. Our curriculum map is a guide rather than a fixed blueprint, allowing teachers to adapt instruction to the particular needs of their students. We are committed to responsive teaching and learning, a distinctive feature of a Catlin Gabel education.
Click on the image below to view the full map. Clicking on the plus (+) signs will expand a section of the map. Click on the minus (-) signs will collapse a section of the map. Clicking on the icons at the end of each topic will show the information for that topic. (It make a few moments for the map to load, so please be patient.)
The arts department weaves creative habits of mind into the daily experiences of our student body from preschool through 12th grade. Students learn to know themselves and the power of their ideas through our various disciplines. In turn, we also come to know our students well through relationships forged via shared experiences. Faculty and students work side-by-side taking creative risks and collaborating (often over a period of years!) in studios and performance spaces across campus and beyond.
Create, Perform, Respond
CPR are three little letters that communicate our directive to revive the imagination day after day, year after year. The arts program is about process, the cycle of inspiration leading to action, leading to reflection. Like the wheel in the potter’s studio, ideas follow a circuit, and results emerge before our eyes. Arts teachers guide students’ explorations of the tools and skills needed to perform, and we offer prompts from various sources (art history, current events, poetry, student-generated themes) to draw out their unique points of view as thinkers. Regardless of medium (instrumental music, movement/dance, vocal work, musical improvisation, film production, oil painting, woodworking, and lighting design) we shelter our students’ development under the following core values:
- Community building and trust
- Creative problem-solving
- Risk-taking and resiliency
- Finding voice
- Valuing process