The School of Arts and Sciences uses a unique and proven curriculum model to facilitate lifelong learning. Our curriculum welcomes inquiring minds and emphasizes projects focused on the arts and sciences.
Students work in multi-age classes facilitated by two certified teachers who encourage a cooperative learning-focused environment. This alternative to the traditional graded approach better serves the developmental needs of all students. Classroom configurations are: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and Middle School (6, 7, and 8).
Arts & Science Focus
The arts and sciences are the lenses for learning at SAS. Research has shown that learning with an emphasis on the arts and sciences leads to increased student motivation, engagement, and achievement.
The SAS curriculum provides project-based, interdisciplinary units of study that emphasize critical thinking. Students develop content area knowledge and skills through comprehensive tasks which encourage inquiry and require written or verbal demonstrations.
Science permeates the curriculum. Albeit through use of microscopes and laboratories for scientific exploration or the campus gardens, students always have their hands on science. SAS partners with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida State University (FSU) Department of Biological Science to integrate field-based, environmental science and service learning. Middle school students may also participate in the SAS Mentor Program in partnership with the High Magnetic Laboratory at FSU and the Challenger Learning Center.
Students have multiple outlets to express themselves through music and the arts, including chorus, band, theater, art, and ‘Friday Sing!’ assemblies in which the school community gathers to watch each other perform through dance, poetry, song, drama, and speeches.
While SAS students do not receive traditional grades, they maintain a portfolio of their work throughout the year. A portfolio is a collection of test results, journal entries, homework, and graphs of student performance. These products of student activities provide systematic, organized evidence used by the teacher and student to measure growth of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.