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

The Advent School’s challenging academic program, a motivated peer group, and the thoughtful support of our teachers inspire 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 robust and integrated curriculum. The School teaches students to expect connections within their learning and to cross the boundaries between disciplines freely. 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. They make choices and accept responsibility for their learning.

Students engage in a thematic approach, exploring guiding questions that span across literacy, math, science, social studies, and the arts. Students are encouraged to create deep connections within their learning by interweaving concepts and ideas throughout the curriculum. The duration of class themes varies, with some lasting as long as one year.

For example, 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 how they can build deep and meaningful connections nearby and in the larger world.

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.

Sixth Graders explore slavery in the U.S., the Civil War, and Jim Crow Laws as the launchpad for an in-depth study of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and exploration into the continued civil rights movements of the present day.