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Curricular Philosophy

The curriculum at Laurel School promotes learning that is enduring and transferable. Teachers and families work collaboratively to help each student find her own path, and girls enter the classroom with an open mind, ready to be a partner in their own learning.

Laurel’s curricular goals require many approaches. To meet the needs of Laurel students, three kinds of learning in particular distinguish our curriculum: experiential, interdisciplinary and community-based learning.

Experiential learning asks girls to be active rather than passive — students learn by doing. Problem-based learning, kinesthetic learning and student-driven presentations and assessments are all examples of experiential learning.

Interdisciplinary learning takes many forms and occurs throughout the Laurel curriculum. Connections to other disciplines help students understand that the subjects they study do not exist in a vacuum, nor are they naturally discrete entities.

Community-based learning allows students to use both interdisciplinary and experiential methods to further their understanding of the role they play in the world. When students have opportunities to address real-life problems that are raised in the classroom, they work to deepen their knowledge and become agents of change.

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Please browse our Curriculum Chart for much more information, including grade-by-grade class offerings.


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