Just over a month ago, RCLS graduated another class of 8th-grade students, some of whom have attended RCLS since preschool and others who have attended this school only in the last year or two. Recently, we asked one graduating student to reflect on her RCLS experience. That reflection––and more––is a precious insight into the RCLS experience.
Music often defines a moment and frames a memory. For some, like RCLS alumna Steffi Tetzloff (RCLS 2001-2012), who is currently studying both Trumpet Performance and Economics at Oklahoma State University, it even shapes a life. Music instruction offers numerous intellectual and character benefits for young children. Find out how to get your child interested in music and how RCLS fosters musical literacy.
New curriculum standards include engineering goals for every grade level from K-12. RCLS has responded to this increased standard by offering integrated engineering opportunities, most recently through a Rube Goldberg enrichment unit. Engineering tasks and units of study foster knowledge creation, creativity, confidence, critical thinking, and collaboration. These are certainly valuable skills for future engineers, but they are also valuable skills for life.
RCLS prioritizes technology because this perspective and the skills that accompany it position students to be creators, to continue to learn, and to excel in both academic and professional contexts, where they can impact the world through excellence. Ultimately, the value of RCLS’s technology program is that it prepares students to create and communicate in the “real” world.
One of the things RCLS does best is to shape students who are both confident and well-adjusted. The Preschool-Grade 8 model is a framework that facilitates this.