Experiential Education

CSS Students Learn By Doing

Experiential learning happens every day at CSS in various forms:

  • Activity-based Learning uses hands-on experiments and activities. Students often collaborate to achieve stated objectives.
  • Problem-based Learning challenges students to actively engage in real-world problems and, ultimately, develop critical-thinking skills and enhance their creativity.
  • Project-based Learning includes a variety of curricula and encourages students to develop essential skills such as communication, research and inquiry, and time management.
  • Place-based Learning uses a location or environment as a starting point to teach concepts and ideas across the curriculum. Students learn to make choices that impact the future, cultures and the environmental landscape.
  • Service Learning extends beyond community service. It builds character, encourages life-long civic responsibility, and provides students with new skills and understandings of the world around them.

Although applied differently across each division of the School, every experience-based lesson is geared toward promoting age-appropriate personal growth, problem-solving skills, decision-making capability and academic analysis. All are designed to enhance and support the college-preparatory curriculum.

“The greatest traditions of experiential education value everyone being heard and the fact that leadership is shared.”
Margaret Campbell