A Thinking Curriculum
At Eastside Prep we prepare our students for their futures—for college, the work place, and life-long learning. We focus on critical thinking, exploration of current issues, and creative problem-solving.
We practice thinking; we explore new ways of thinking; we value flexible thinking.
Students work to think like discipline experts, asking questions like:
- What information would an historian look for in this situation?
- How would a scientist approach this new information?
- What would a poet, philosopher, or mathematician think about this idea?
They then work to apply these skills to new information and new situations in the classroom and the community.
Academic disciplines are purposefully integrated throughout the EPS curriculum. For example:
- When 6th Graders read The Odyssey in Literary Thinking, they concurrently study Ancient Greek culture and politics in Historical Thinking
- Teachers and students work to connect each of their course to shared to Big Questions:
|Middle School||Upper School|
|Grade 5: Who Am I?||What is my responsibility to the global community?|
|Grade 6: What is the world made of?||What does good leadership look like?|
|Grade 7: How did we get here?||What is effective critical thinking?|
|Grade 8: What does it mean to be human?||What is the measure of creative and wise innovation?|
- Each student practices speaking and writing across the curriculum, refining their unique technique, voice, and delivery.
Faculty members create curriculum that is hands-on, experiential, and project-based. In small groups, learning teams, class presentations, simulations, and field trips students design and engage subjects by asking questions, making comparisons between what they already know and what want to know, and doing careful and effective research.
Our curriculum is designed for academic rigor in every academic subject area. At each grade level teachers use clearly articulated goals and benchmarks to both analyze and assess student work.
“Our goal is real learning. Research is clear that people learn better by exploring and organizing information using a few very specific approaches. It makes obvious sense that we should choose the methods that are shown to work best, and one such approach is to create the opportunity for the students to become the teachers. “ — Head of School, Terry Macaluso, PhD
They work individually and in groups to build teamwork and leadership skills.