Educational Program

Key Design Elements

S2 will foster a democratic community that builds the intellectual and personal capacity of all members of our community and engages them in learning and work that matters. To accomplish this, S2 will recruit, train, and support highly effective teachers who can create and present rigorous and engaging lessons to a wide range of learners. Our instructional approaches will enhance students’ ability to participate in the school and the world as valued citizens by presenting learning through the lens of problem solving issues important to students and society. S2 uses three core design elements (“pillars”) to accomplish this.

  • Pillar 1: Rigorous Curriculum. S2 will offer a Common Core aligned program of study in ELA, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts that encourages critical thinking and cogent communication. We will create a high-performing school by combining our emphasis on academic disciplines with a school culture that values every member of our community.
  • Pillar 2: Collaborative Professional Culture. S2 will develop robust teaming structures and a culture of collaboration for adults that will create a consistent and rigorous learning environment for youth. Teachers will meet in teams to support student growth, share strategies to improve instruction, collaborate on curriculum, and monitor assessments. All staff will participate in professional development within a culture of respect and continuous improvement using the following strategies.
  • Pillar 3: Compassionate Community. The S2 model provides a robust network of personnel and programmatic supports to ensure the physical, social, and emotional well being of each child.

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