Our Curriculum

Learning for Every Life Stage

The Sage School’s approach to curriculum development starts with the journey of adolescence itself. Each section of our curriculum plays an integral part in the holistic education of our students.

Human Ecology

Human Ecology is the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between humans and their natural, social, and built environments. We strive to produce students who understand the complexity of an entire system, and know that systems are often greater than the sum of their parts.

Our curriculum uses the best knowledge and resources from our times to help students explore their own journey through adolescence following the seven tasks of understanding the self, the ancients, social systems, ecological systems, modern systems, the American system, and the global system for holistic education.

Field Study

Each year, students at The Sage School spend five full weeks immersed in the field, giving them an opportunity to spend a tremendous amount of time each year studying academic topics while building relationships with their teachers, fellow students, and experts. The focus of the trips are not solely academic, however, as they feed the other components of adolescence, such as social and emotional growth. These experiences also develop and feed healthy social dynamics within bands, provide critical time for self-reflection, and encourage students to build their sense of place..

Creativity Workshop & Independent Studies

With both the Creativity Workshop and Independent Study options, The Sage School provides a place where students have the freedom to try new things, explore interest areas, create, and take charge of their own experience. Every Friday afternoon, students engage in either a teacher-led ‘Creativity Workshop’ or an independent study of their own design. The Creativity Workshops provide an opportunity for students to explore and cultivate their creative interests or to learn and develop other skills in areas that the traditional curriculum doesn’t seem to satisfy. The workshops are designed by teachers and may be different each trimester, but generally cover artistic or skill-based themes.

Wellness

Wellness is the daily 45 minutes all students spend outdoors for energy management, physical well-being and community building purposes. Wellness is an indispensable part of the daily curriculum that is distinct from “Recess” and P.E. Wellness fosters relationships between students and teachers, facilitating seeing those teachers as “real people,” and provides opportunities for social interaction that can be more difficult to create in a classroom setting. Wellness also promotes students’ social and emotional growth in a caring, safe, and playful environment.

Community Action & Partners

We schedule weekly, during-school community service activities for all band levels. The school plays an active role in the community, and students develop meaningful relationships with their community. Working with organizations allows students to understand the impact they can have on the world around them. . Community Action is project-based, can vary each week, or be an on-going and in-depth relationship with a specific cause or organization.

Our Community Action Program includes work with The Wood River Foundation, The Hunger Coalition, Higher Ground, and many, many, more.

Skills Blocks

At The Sage School, we approach the Spanish, Writing and Math courses differently from our Human Ecology Course. The content of these courses are centered on skills best practiced in short, daily sessions. This structure contrasts with the larger periods of time spent in Human Ecology focusing on integrating knowledge in a project-based approach.

Grade/Band Level Curriculum

Each of our Band-level curriculums is specially tailored and designed for that group’s stage in adolescence.

6/7 Curriculum
8/9 Curriculum
10/11 Curriculum
12 Curriculum