Inquiry Based Learning

The art of inquiry starts from a belief that the world is a fascinating place. Units of study in all subject areas begin with an essential question that frames the topic and promotes deep critical thinking. IBL is a form of active learning that starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios—rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. Students are taught to explore, examine, and ask big questions.

We recognize that each student has his or her own unique methods of learning and varying levels of skill and curiosity. This is why inquiry-based learning, an approach that allows students to delve deeply into course material and merge it with their own interests, is the center of our education process.

Through IBL, students connect new knowledge with what they already know. They develop higher-order thinking skills—the ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize—that are crucial for success in college and beyond.

Students experience deeper learning with IBL as they are motivated to work outside of class to discover the information for themselves and to be prepared for the group work. Research has demonstrated that the learning gains from IBL were statistically significantly correlated to the fraction of time spent on student-centered activities and anti-correlated to the faction of time listening to instructors talk.

Collaboration is crucial in creating the kind of learning that allows students to take intellectual and artistic risks. We believe it is essential to success in life,  and in relationships. Collaboration skills help learners use and respect their differences in working out problems together and lead to successful relationships in life.
Inquiry-based learning is an Interdisciplinary process that models real-life where learning is never disconnected or discrete but rather connected, vibrant, and meaningful. Subjects – science, history, English and math, are integrated and taught together through dynamic group projects that tap into each student’s strength making it “come alive”
Active Learning
Active learning is a student-centered process in which students become actively and experientially involved in the learning process. Lessons are introduced through play, technology-based processes, group work, and various projects, that create a vibrant learning environment and help students to enhance their higher-order thinking capabilities.
Student Agency
As youth learn to accurately assess their strengths and limitations, they develop the confidence and optimism that leads to a self-empowered mindset. They begin to understand that success depends on their willingness to risk failure, get feedback, and keep trying, creating a self-empowered “agency” for challenges they may face in school and life.