Beyond the Classroom Overview

In the course of their time at CSS, our students are offered many opportunities to go beyond the classroom and see their world and their own capacities in new and different ways. Our curriculum is more than the core subjects; it encompasses “everything we do with intention.” Our clubs, music, drama, fine arts, and athletics programs delve into student interests and offer rich programs with opportunities for growth, performance, and competition that put the student in the center of the experience.

  • Leadership and Social and Emotional Learning: Our leadership curriculum proceeds from the assumption that that anyone can cultivate the empathy and the courage to work with people to meet authentic challenges. We rely on cutting-edge research and trends and teach lessons humans have asked themselves from antiquity. Our goal is not to emulate certain leadership styles or actions but to put each student on a path to becoming an emotionally and socially aware person who can help a group define and achieve its goals. 
  • Fine Arts: Exposure to a comprehensive fine arts program at a young age encourages students to develop their observational skills, their fine motor skills, their teamwork and communication abilities, and their appreciation of the aesthetics.
  • Creative Dramatics: Beginning in Children’s School, our developmentally appropriate creative dramatics program and Dessert Theatre curriculum give each and every student a chance to learn lines, understand character and plot, and work as part of a team in creating real theatrical productions. These experiences spiral in complexity and duration and build toward the Middle School and Upper School drama and production classes. The stage becomes a familiar and well-loved place for CSS students.
  • Athletics: Our athletic programs balance traditional individual and team sports with new offerings like Boys Volleyball and Mountain Biking. Our approach melds competitiveness and inclusivity and our top notch coaches use their expertise in their sports to teach more than the game; they stress fitness, technical skills, fair play, and life lessons.
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