The Advent School | Curriculum & Thematic Learning
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The Advent School Curriculum

Thematic Learning

The Advent School’s challenging academic program, a motivated peer group, and the thoughtful support of our teachers inspires students to push their thinking further.

Based upon the premise that students deepen their understanding when they make connections between one learning experience and the next, our curriculum grows out of themes that directly connect to the School’s mission.

At Advent students are immersed in a strong, integrated curriculum. We teach them to expect connections within their learning and to freely cross the boundaries between disciplines. Within the context of a yearlong theme, students learn from direct experience as they actively integrate scientific, cultural, and literary studies. They discuss, research, write about, and represent these topic areas using a variety of different mediums. Each student at Advent is an active participant in the learning process, making choices and accepting responsibility for his or her learning.

Kindergarteners’ curiosity about the natural and human world provides a context for their theme. Starting with a study of butterflies, they learn about life-cycles, the development of families and community, and recognize the ways in which they can build deep and meaningful connections nearby and in the larger world. Students learn about the migration of the monarch butterfly and show their understanding of the process through song and in art and writing projects. The School community gathers for a parade to the Public Garden, where monarch butterflies are released to begin their migration south to Mexico.

Advent’s Third Grades study concepts of independence and freedom using historic sites in Boston as extensions of the classroom. Students study ship manifests to learn about area and volume, visit Revolutionary War battle sites, and map the geography of Boston as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Through the lens of social justice, Sixth Graders make connections between the rigid social structure of medieval Europe and the civil rights movement in the United States.