The Sage School’s curriculum is designed to use the best knowledge and resources of our times—from our understandings of science and the social sciences—to help students explore their own journey from the edge of adolescence (6th grade) to the edge of adulthood (12th grade).

We believe that adolescence is a critical developmental window, one in which students are learning 7 essential tasks. Our curriculum follows these tasks and is designed to be the foundation of students’ self-awareness, community responsibility, and sense of place. The core elements of our curriculum are:

  1. Human Ecology

    Human Ecology, is the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between humans and their natural, social, and built environments.

  2. Skills Blocks

    While Human Ecology is the core of our student’s daily schedule, they spend much of the rest of their school day in Skills Courses in Math, Spanish, and Writing and Literacy.

  3. Wellness

    Students spend 45 minutes each day playing outside. The goals of wellness are community building, energy management, and physical well-being.

  4. Creativity Workshop and Independent Study

    Every Friday afternoon, students engage in either ‘Creativity Workshop’ or an independent study. These are designed to provide an opportunity to explore and cultivate creative interests in areas outside the traditional curriculum.

  5. Community Action

    We schedule weekly, during-school community service activities for all band levels. This provides the opportunity for the school and students to play an active role in the community.

  6. Field Study

    Each year, students at The Sage School spend between 20-25 days in the field, developing a deeper understanding of the overarching curriculum through real, first hand encounters with the natural, social, and built environments in the Intermountain West.