Active Learning

Active learning is apparent every day, in every area of middle school life.  This is just a sampling of what you might see in any given year:

Create a Sustainable Country Project

An interdisciplinary 8th Grade Global Studies and Science project, groups of students spend several weeks writing about the geography, population demographics, economy, government, and history of their imaginary country. Then, a day is exclusively given to building models of these countries using recycled materials, answering questions asked by inquiring adults, and trading between countries.

Botanical Garden Data Collection and Nature Journaling

Science 7 students learn to make observations of Santa Fe’s native plants and collect data about the plants annual cycles for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Additionally, students observe the natural world around them—at the Botanical Garden, on our campus, and during various field trips around New Mexico—and keep detailed notes in their nature journals throughout the year.

Heritage Project Project

Eighth-grade students take a global perspective in social studies, with the curriculum designed to help them make informed and reasoned decisions for the common good as citizens of a diverse and interdependent world.  Their connections to other cultures and countries is emphasized through the genealogy project, where students learn and record their own family histories, often discovering connections to people and places they never knew existed.  Students create a family tree, a movement chart showing where ancestors migrated to and why, and conclude the project with a formal presentation to classmates.

Traditional Spanish Colonial Art Project

During the New Mexico History unit dedicated to Spanish Colonial times, traditional artists visit classes and teach students weaving, straw appliqué tin work, and retablo design and painting. Students also visit the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and see many of the finest pieces from the past 400 years.