Our curriculum provides gifted students with the learning they need to succeed, not only at higher levels of education, but as navigators and problem solvers in an increasingly complicated world.
While emphasis and courses vary according to grade level, all Seattle Country Day students study a rich core of subjects, including reading and writing, math, science, art, music, computer technology, and Spanish. Classes are small—not over 16 students, and they are carefully grouped each year.
Teachers here, many with decades of experience in teaching gifted children, have the latitude and resources to design exceptionally engaging lessons that match students' natural curiosity, creativity, and capacity for critical thinking. With our inquiry-based approach as a foundation, teachers draw ideas from varied sources, including texts, current research in their field, popular art and media, and more.
Our curriculum is neither an end in itself—a collection of subjects for students to speed through as fast as we can move them—nor is it about letter grades. Rather, it's a framework in which students do what we consider to be the real work of learning: exploring ideas, grappling with challenges, and, through experience, constructing their understanding of themselves and the world. All through the learning process, our evaluation of student progress is thorough and ongoing.
We invite you to take a look at how various divisions are building skills for the journey ahead: