Skill Development & Genius Hour
SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Throughout the weekly school schedule are protected periods designed for individual-focussed activities that allow students to explore their own personal passions. Students use this time to find topics that might pique their interests. During the course of a semester, students use these scheduled periods for collaborative learning in certain disciplines or work on larger interdisciplinary projects that cannot be achieved in regular classes. The content and skill development will often vary to meet all-school goals or projects.
GENIUS HOUR: Also within the framework of the skills classes, a more formal Genius Hour enriches activity in the classroom as it promotes inquiry, perseverance, problem-solving, innovation, and lifelong skills. Students who are happy, inspired, and engaged are more motivated, innovative and productive, and the faculty working with them in the Genius Hour explore more specifically how their talents and interests can converge to plan for the future. Mentors from outside the school are scheduled in to these skills/Genius Hour periods to have students meet people who can coach them in their apirational interests.