Academics

The following tenets of our school design make SBCS special:

  • Expeditionary Learning (EL): The EL approach provides a rigorous and engaging curriculum, promotes active, inquiry-based pedagogy, and supports a school culture that demands and teaches compassion and good citizenship. Teachers use Learning Expeditions to frame curriculum and engage students in in-depth studies of science and social studies, which in turn lead to enduring understanding of these content areas. Learn more about ELS.
  • Choice Theory: Choice Theory, an approach to promoting positive behavior, leads children to be intrinsically rather than extrinsically motivated. The staff at SBCS strives to meet our students’ "five basic needs," and uses Choice Theory techniques to make success in school part of every child’s “quality world.” Learn more about Choice Theory.
  • Arts Integration: Arts Integration fosters students' artistic skills and self expression through a multitude of art forms.  Additionally, arts instruction at SBCS deepens students' understanding of academic content.
  • The Responsive Classroom: The Responsive Classroom is a widely used, research- and evidence-based approach to education that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. The goal of the Responsive Classroom approach is to create a safe, joyful, and challenging learning environment for every child.