High School Community (Grades 9-12)
Creativity and hands-on practical learning experiences are at the center of the Stonecreek high school curriculum, with an emphasis on problem solving and developing concepts and new ideas. At Stonecreek, the middle and high school faculty work collaboratively to create a learning community focusing on the whole person, current research on how teenagers learn, integrated understandings, and an atmosphere of grace and courtesy.
The Stonecreek philosophy recognizes the importance of the interaction between the work of the student’s mind, heart, and hands. Thus students help shape the direction of their inquiry and discussion in literature and history, and in deciding upon projects and hands-on work in math and science. Students are guided in this work both by their own pacing and interests as well as by the gentle but consistent encouragement of their teachers. To aid each student’s individual development, weekly meetings are held with a teacher advisor to determine personal learning goals as well as unique needs and strengths.
Graduation requirements can be found here. Our curriculum includes the core subjects of four years in math, history, science, and language arts, and Spanish is available each year, while other courses, such as art, music, drama, physical education, and computer literacy and applications are regular options as well. Students also have a variety of electives from which to choose, including specialized physical education, various science courses, robotics, advanced and applied mathematics, and creative writing.
To supplement the individualized learning, Stonecreek also allows students to engage in online classes, bringing the best the world has to offer in a global classroom. Of course, our students still have in house mentors in their faculty to guide them on their learning journeys. Additionally, we value students engaging in solo time to develop in each student an appreciation of quiet through self-reflection, a walk through the woods, or work of the hand (knitting, origami, crocheting, sketching, juggling, etc.).
Student learning is meant to be both personally interesting and connected to the outside world. Thus, outside of the classroom, students are involved in a number of authentic experiences from volunteering twice a month in the Birmingham community to working on and with the land in an agricultural context.