Authentic Learning!

At the Methow Valley Community School students are engaged in authentic learning experiences that motivate them to excellence and prepare them to be contributing members of the greater community and world.  Students learn leadership and teamwork skills, build character and develop moral purpose, participate in volunteerism and service and value nature, sustainability and a sense of place all while engaging in rigorous academic study.  There is real purpose to the work the students do.  There is partnership with the surrounding community.  There is a natural give and take that fosters appreciation and respect for those in the school community and beyond.

MVCS crews are multi-age, multi-developmental clusters of students who remain with their crew leader for one, two or three years. Curriculum is designed around compelling issues  (expeditions) that result in authentic final projects to benefit the community. Core content areas are met for integrated-curriculum-graphic.pngeach crew over the course of the year or multi-year rotation.

Core Curriculum

The pursuit of academic excellence is an important component of what guides learning at the MVCS. The curriculum includes a wide variety of student, teacher and parent initiated experiences. It involves integration of activities that lead to social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Curriculum materials are chosen by the core teachers and integrated into a yearly expedition (or theme).

Daily interaction will foster:

• Mutual trust and caring between all
• Cooperative interaction with others
• Respect for others’ feelings, persons, property, and uniqueness
• Interpersonal problem-solving through talking and reasoning
• Group problem solving
• Movement from the child’s natural egocentricity toward greater sensitivity to others
• The ability to sometimes compromise individual needs for group goals
• Self-directed and independent learning
• Being realistic in accepting one’s own limitations and abilities
• Trust

In recognition of the child’s physical needs, the environment provides for:

• Large and small motor activities
• The use of concrete, manipulative learning materials
• Study of nutrition and health
• Freedom of movement in the classroom

Intellectual experiences foster concepts, problem solving, decision-making, predicting, and creating.