“If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind?” Maria Montessori
Great River School offers a comprehensive academic program that meets the developmental needs of adolescents. Students are challenged to take responsibility for their education guided by trained faculty with whom they work closely. Throughout the year and during their years at GRS, students are progressively given more responsibility for their work and their learning within a designated framework. Students in the elementary program generally actively seek knowledge, know where and how to look for information. They tend to approach learning by questioning, analyzing, comprehending, and discussing topics, rather than just memorizing or completing assignments. In the junior high program (Adolescent 1), students develop skills in research, math proficiency, critical analysis and writing. The high school curriculum builds on these skills and techniques learned in the junior high program as the majority of high school students come to GRS during the elementary or adolescent 1 years.
All core teachers and specialists teach electives that can include students from 2 or 3 levels. Electives are designed to complement the core classes and meet the interests of students. GRS Graduation Requirements meet the Minnesota state standards and give guidance to students preparing for post secondary education.
The curriculum for all 11th and 12th grade students is the International Baccalaureate program. Because Great River is a small school, students take the core curriculum (math, science, history and English) plus art or music and Spanish.
In 2011, the mathematics department created an Overview of GRS Mathematics curriculum to show the pathways students follow as they enter GRS in 7th grade and move through the grades to 12th grade. The math guides also developed a statement outlining the Philosophy used to guide the teaching of math.
Please refer to each level for more information on specifics about the academic program for that level.