In an effort to support our mission of preparing students for college life and beyond, we have instituted approaches to learning that are proven to add depth and breadth to the secondary school curriculum. These include interdisciplinary courses, experiential education, project-based learning and a student-centered approach in the classroom, as well as global travel opportunities.
The signature programs endow our students with creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, social and cross-cultural skills, flexibility/adaptability, leadership and responsibility – the skills they need in life.
The Q-Term is a short, intensive course that provides Storm King faculty and students a chance to explore more deeply subject matter for which they have a particular passion and curiosity. It is a mutual quest for knowledge, outside of the regular weekly schedule and usually, outside of the classroom.
During the Q-Term, students meet with the same class and instructor(s) every day and pursue only the subject related to their class. Such focus creates an arena for project-based learning, experiential adventure, problem-based learning, creative design and service opportunities that enrich and deepen students’ connection to the content.
The Cornerstone Project is a large-scale research assignment for 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders, which synthesizes learning from other courses and demonstrates their command of S.K.S. (Skills for Knowledge and Success) in a real-world context. Cornerstone projects may be completed within one academic year, or may carry over into succeeding years.
The S.K.S. emphasized in these projects are: strategic reading, writing, research, problem solving, technological proficiency, collaboration, and oral presentation skills.
Students may work on projects individually or in groups of no more than 3 students. Some portions of the projects may be completed individually (e.g. journal entries, reflection pieces, portfolio), and some together (e.g. bibliography/research).
Advisors for capstone/cornerstone projects may be any member of the Storm King faculty or administration. If a faculty member is not approached by a student to be a project advisor, he or she may be asked to assist another faculty member who has a multitude of projects.
Projects are to be presented at the Cornerstone/Capstone Fair scheduled to be held the last week of the academic year.
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