At The Island School, students study one topic through the lens of another.
The curriculum at The Island School is interdisciplinary, meaning that there are no clear lines that divide or separate classes from one another. This cross-curricular model challenges students to think outside the box and practice using their newly obtained skill sets in real life situations.
Students are engaged in all disciplines as described through the curriculum guide, though class periods and performance tasks are interdisciplinary in nature. In one class period, a student may be studying a topic, such as sustainable interdependence, through the lens of Marine Ecology, Histories, and Literature and Writing at the same time.
Along with a traditional transcript, students are provided a supplementary transcript called the Holistic Achievement Portfolio that communicates competency-specific growth and proficiency
Island School Semester Course Topics
Fosters a journey of self-discovery through exploring interpretations of the human experience in various texts, and cultivating their own voice through an intensive focus on writing development. Check out the bi-annual community literary magazine, Tides.
Literature and Writing
Encourages students to develop a personal relationship with the landscape, provides them with the tools to become keen observers of their surroundings, and requires them to view the natural world both as the canvas and the material for their artwork.
Land and Environmental Art
Applied Scientific Research
Allows students to apply concepts from multiple disciplines taught at The Island School to field-based projects of local and regional significance. Students work collaboratively with research advisors at the Cape Eleuthera Institute to address environmental challenges in The Bahamas. If you would like to learn more about the students’ research projects, click here. If you would like to view students’ research posters, click here.
Focuses on the subjective experience of history by encouraging students to learn from Bahamians directly during immersion experiences including community explorations and community outreach at Deep Creek Middle School.
Histories of the Bahamas
Centers on one complex question: What does it mean to live on an island? Investigating this question leads the students to explore the manifold ways that their lives interact with the natural world and how these interactions, in turn, affect the environment of South Eleuthera, their home communities, and the wider world around them.
Island School Seminar
Uses SCUBA diving and free-diving to explore the waters and near-shore ecosystems surrounding Cape Eleuthera. Students use weekly dives to develop ecological literacy in natural history as well as the curriculum requisite dive skills that support these excursions.
Provides students with opportunities to build a fundamental understanding of the statistical and mathematical analysis that can help them better comprehend the world around them. Each student will have a chance to employ acquired skills in their Applied Science Research course.
Check out all program details in the above PDF documents