Educational Philosophy

SBCS’s school design is based, in large part, on the tenets of Expeditionary Learning (EL).  Based on the core principals of Outward Bound and Harvard's Project Zero, EL uses a rigorous approach to teaching designed to improve student achievement, build student character, enhance teacher practices, and instill a positive school culture. The EL approach at SBCS promotes an engaging curriculum; active, inquiry-based pedagogy; integrated arts; and a school culture that teaches compassion and good citizenship.

Teaching and learning at SBCS result in high quality student products and projects that display students’ understanding of meaningful learning in literature, math, art, health, music, and history.  SBCS also focuses heavily on culture and character structures, social emotional learning, active pedagogy, workshop model instruction, student-engaged assessment, and writing.  Our intensive curriculum design requires additional and ongoing training for our teachers and paraprofessionals.  Each Friday, SBCS closes at 1:00 p.m. to allow our teachers to participate in two hours of specialized professional development.  This extra-effort has built a strong relationship between our school and our staff that is reflected in a high rate of teacher retention and excellent classroom instruction.