Experiential Education

girl student gardeningExperiential learning is, quite simply, learning by doing. Preschool and kindergarten students are encouraged to explore, investigate, and relish the intrinsic joy of learning. The teachers shape the curriculum to develop the students' capacity to think deeply, make close observations, experiment, and question.Apply Now
The curriculum provides direct hands-on experiences that bring students into contact with the ideas of their peers through collaborative work. In this way, learning is meaningful and contextual. Our teachers foster supportive, mutually respectful and trusting relationships with their students, and build a community in their classroom to empower students and create a safe space to learn and be.

Wonder Week

In mid-March, kindergarten students choose to participate in four out of six possible day-long investigations. Working in small groups, each day is a fresh experience full of wonder about a new topic of inquiry. Examples include sound, flight, plant growth, animals, chemistry experiments, and creating a play. First through 12th grades have their own experiential week activities at the same time.

An independent preschool through 12th grade day school in Portland, Oregon
8825 SW Barnes Road,
Portland, Oregon 97225 |
503-297-1894 |

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