Located on nine acres on the lower Santa Fe River is the field laboratory for our environmental science program. Students serve as land stewards leading an on-going riparian habitat restoration effort. Girls become scientists as they monitor the site by collecting and analyzing data relating to biodiversity,
the health of the Santa Fe River, and its ecology. At the end of each academic year, our students present and discuss their data and analyses at a public forum held at the school. This data is used by local environmental groups who monitor water.
GIRLS IN FOCUS: HANDS ON MATH
This program is a yearlong project that blends abstract thinking and understanding in mathematics and geometry, history and art. Sixth grade students explore the art and history of Islamic culture brought by the Spanish to our region. Students practice precision in measurement and calculation as they develop their own design patterns inspired by the rich Moorish traditions. Students learn to translate data into patten in a math-based, applied art apprenticeship with a local master woodcarver. The end result is a student-built masterpiece: a hand-carved, traditional New Mexican Blanket Chest.
CONNECTED MATH PROJECT
Connected Math is the curriculum that is used in Math Studies. This powerful mathematics curriculum asks students to apply concepts and skills to solve real world problems that are presented within the context of science, social studies and history. The program supports and strengthens development of logic and mathematical thinking. Our 8th grade students complete high school level Algebra I as well as a semester of Pythagorean Geometry.
CHUNK WRITING METHOD
Chunk Writing is a structured approach to teaching excellence in academic writing. This method directs students’ attention to the difference between fact and opinion (evidence and interpretation) and teaches them to organize their ideas carefully and write clearly as they express themselves on paper. Chunk Writing is taught in Language Arts. Teachers of all subjects employ the Chunk Writing method which gives the students ample opportunities for practice and feedback in variety of contexts.
SEMINAR STYLE CLASSROOMS
Dialogue, the meaningful and productive exchange of ideas, is core of our academic program. All classes are conducted with students engaged with one another other as well as with the teacher. All students are encouraged and supported in their efforts to participate in non-competitive discussions that honor difference of opinion and expand the notion of “what is right” to include the question “why do you think that is right?”