WHAT IS THE LAND SCHOOL? The LAND School name derives from the school's curricular foci: Liberal Arts, Nature, and Design Thinking.
Liberal Arts encompasses what some call a “classical” education. Liberal Arts studies include mathematics; the humanities: languages, literature and history; social sciences: economics, sociology, geography, civics; physical science: physics, chemistry, astronomy, and others. Students are encouraged to develop their ability to think critically about a wide range of problems, datasets, and responses.
Nature relates to humans’ need for interaction with our natural environment. Connection with our physical space allows for a deeper level of learning across all subject areas, and students can be given time to grow and appreciate the natural world. Increased outdoor time also provides a natural entry point to physical sciences and technology. By learning in our world, we can more fully learn about ourselves.
Design Thinkingpropels students into the modern world. Design thinking encourages creative problem solving by asking students to consider those for whom they are solving a problem or creating a product; teaches them to question assumptions and to be unafraid of trying new solutions; and breaks free of linear thinking to engage in a multi-phased thought process that values diverse ideas and teamwork. This type of collaborative thinking is highly desired in modern businesses as it brings out each person’s personal best while adding to team function.
Together, these three areas combine to produce students adept at gathering and thinking about information, synthesizing it to create novel solutions to problems, and to use those solutions to better both our society and our world.