Core Subjects

Our curriculum is aligned with Common Core and NC Essential Standards. In keeping with our educational philosophy, we constantly connect academic learning with authentic, real-world applications. Our teaching is also inspired by the principles and practices of Expeditionary Learning, which promote global knowledge and skills while supporting college and career readiness.

We foster a culture of literacy. In all subject areas, students are expected to read with purpose, produce high-quality writing, and communicate effectively with audiences both inside and outside the classroom. Students learn to be thoughtful in making assumptions, accurate when collecting information, insightful when drawing conclusions, and unbiased when supporting statements with evidence.


Expedition is an interdisciplinary class that integrates all core subjects as well as technology and art, Outdoor Learning and Project Based Learning, and community service.

In Expedition, students work collaboratively with each other and with community experts. They carry out case studies, fieldwork and research, while finding service opportunities that provide a real benefit to the community.

Quarter-long expeditions allow students to be active historians, activists, and scientists. Students challenge and support each other in the production of meaningful, high-quality work. All projects incorporate the ten Expeditionary Learning Design Principles.

We are CREW

We Are CREW, Not Passengers. We start every day by meeting with our crews, which are single-grade groups of twenty students and one teacher. Crew is an Expeditionary Learning structure designed to support students socially, emotionally, and academically. This morning time helps each student know one adult well and build positive connections with their peers and their Crew Leader.

Crew members build relationships with each other and with other crews through initiatives that foster understanding, teamwork, and trust. Academic reflection and goal setting also happens regularly in Crew. Character development occurs in Crew through goal setting, discussion, acknowledgement, and reflection upon CREW Characteristics.

C = Collaboration
R = Responsibility
E = Empathy
W = Wonder

This page (Curriculum) last updated March 6, 2016