Why an active curriculum

At Darrow, learning is hands-on, minds-on work. 

Students actively engage all types of subject matter through discussion inside the classroom, and direct experience outside the classroom, where they conduct experiments, perform project-based assignments, and use the Darrow environment as a living laboratory. Darrow students are active participants in their education. 

Darrow’s active curriculum also means that students support the community by working both on and off campus. Darrow students are busy in our cafeteria helping to make lunch for their classmates. They are outside making maple syrup. And they are in local schools helping children in early-reading programs. Our students work 100 hours each year in the community. 

We embrace this philosophy of active learning for many reasons, but mainly because it is proven in helping students to grow, gain confidence, and make significant developmental leaps.

This is because when students are inspired to action they become engaged in their own learning. Once set in motion, their momentum is guided and channeled by our faculty, catalyzed by our campus, and encouraged by the deep friendships that form at Darrow. 

What creativity means at Darrow

It means connecting imagination to action. It means learning the technical aspects of creative expression. And it means taking risks and taking responsibility. Darrow School’s modern, dedicated facilities for visual and performing arts enable students to develop their creative potential in many disciplines. Traditional areas of study are taught through an active curriculum that emphasizes experimentation, discussion, project development, and interaction with the environment.

See how the right creative environment makes anything possible.

Darrow students in action

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