The Complete Student believes that all children can learn, and that when those children are paired with an appropriate curriculum they can soar.
The uniqueness of the curriculum used by The Complete Student lies in its inherent differentiation opportunities. In working towards establishing students’ internal motivation and efficacy, each lesson is paired with 5-10 projects, including a student created option, that students will select from in order to demonstrate mastery of the material. Students choose projects that align with their ability, interest, motivation, and grade aspirations. Created with attention to Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligencesas guiding influences, the project lists corresponding to each lesson draw on skills from various disciplines and highlight multiple forms of intelligence. Not only does this approach make all material more inclusive, but it also, by design, encourages interdisciplinary academic integration in an organic and meaningful way, while giving students ownership over their assignments. Many of the projects require collaboration between students which is a fundamental skill that future employers are seeking in graduates.
The TCS curriculum holds to the knowledge that instruction, in order to be meaningful, must be paired with collaborative and pragmatic experiential learning. The instruction time embedded in the curriculum is reinforced through project-based tasks and a series of field trips where students can literally put in motion their new proficiencies. Furthermore, students are allowed to choose projects based on their own interests and strengths to demonstrate their comprehension of the material, while demystifying the education experience for learners who are most at risk from not being effectively served in the traditional classroom. Instead of endless testing, we believe in limitless creating.