The challenges that face the Owls include the application of learned skills to new situations, the study of subjects in more depth and breadth, the requisites of personal organization and accountability, time and resource management. Owls learn how to effectively balance freedom with responsibility, independent inquiry with interdependent collaboration.
Academic work includes studies in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, ecology, English language arts, social studies, ecology, music, art, and foreign language studies. Service work and the Heroic Journey program provide opportunities to explore identity, values and moral development within and outside our campus.
Each year there are four sessions of academic work. Students seek knowledge in the form of facts and their relation to the context in which they function. Their insatiable quest is given focus through student-directed research projects which teach lessons of patience, perseverance, and thoroughness.
The learning environment is designed to provide maximum opportunity for self-direction, skill building, development of accuracy, diligence, and judgement, ensuring each student succeeds to his full potential.
Maria Taylor – Lead Guide, English, Social Studies
Individual research projects are carefully monitored, evaluated and recorded to ensure progress. The curriculum is designed to allow flexibility so as to accommodate every student's own abilities and interests. The Owl community is committed to creating a classroom culture that facilitates the development of character, accountability, personal organization, healthy work ethic, and collaborative social skills. Owls strive to cultivate positive “Habits of Mind.”
Owls practice cultivating the following Habits of Mind:
From the Institute For Habits of Mind https://www.habitsofmindinstitute.org/what-are-habits-of-mind/
Please check the NM Handbook to learn more about parental support with homework, State testing, value of acquiring testing skills, school projects & field trips, rules for use of electronics in school, etc.