Academics at Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound
Our unique approach to curriculum and instruction is based upon principles and core practices articulated by Expeditionary Learning and Outward Bound organizations.
At the Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School, learning expeditions serve as the primary way of organizing Social Studies and Science curriculum. At Renaissance, the subject matter of a Learning Expedition is derived from Colorado and Douglas County School District content standards. Learning Expeditions feature linked projects that require students to construct deep understanding and skills, and produce products or performances for real audiences. Learning Expeditions engage students in active learning, support literacy, promote character development, create a sense of adventure, spark curiosity, and foster an ethic of service.
Active and engaged learning foster character by inspiring each student to develop craftsmanship, perseverance, collaborative skills, and responsibility for learning. Critical thinking is also fostered as students are guided in making connections, understanding diverse perspectives, locating evidence for conclusions and generalizing to the big ideas of the discipline studied.
Math and Literacy
Renaissance students receive math and reading instruction every day. Learning Expeditions also incorporate literacy and math skills in a meaningful context.
Renaissance uses Douglas County School District approved curriculum, but teachers also strive to make the learning more authentic, relevant, and integrated.