Experiential Education

CSS Students Learn By Doing

What is experiential education?

A CSS education is a student-centered education in which students learn by doing. Teachers generate opportunities both in- and outside of the classroom to actively engage students in the learning process. This helps them absorb and synthesize information on a deeper level and to make connections between what they learn and what is happening in the “real world.”

How is experiential education delivered?

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