Accelerated and Enriched Study
The content of the curriculum is coordinated around reading and other language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. Students study content that is more abstract, more complex, broader, and deeper than the norm. Studies are both accelerated and enriched through flexible grouping strategies, field trips, resource people, mentors, and written and visual media. Instruction in music, art, Spanish, computer technology, and physical education is provided by specialists in those areas.
After establishing a solid knowledge base, emphasis is on critical and creative thinking skills, problem solving and logical reasoning, research skills, and a wide variety of communication skills.
Students are assisted in individual and group investigations of real problems that necessitate research and involve the development of a product. They learn to develop products in several categories: written, oral, media/visual arts, and performing arts.
The development of positive self esteem, independence, interpersonal skills, leadership, responsibility, appreciation of diversity, and the understanding of one’s giftedness are aims of Sycamore School. Teachers promote concern and compassion, risk-taking, curiosity, organization, communication, and imagination by establishing classrooms that are complex, open-ended, and accepting environments.