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Experiential Learning

Students who practice what they're learning in a hands­-on environment can retain three and a half times as much information than just sitting in a desk and listening intently. From calculating the speed and velocity of toy cars, to running an earthquake simulation with Jell-­o, to skinning a chicken wing to examine bones, muscles, and skin, students in Science are engaged in a variety of hands­on activities designed to enhance learning. But hands­on projects are not limited to Science. Students recreate Rome and run a Warlords of Japan simulation in Social Studies. They put their math skills to use to calculate water consumption rates and solve other real­-world problems in Math and while working the Bake Sales and Snack Shop. They participate in service opportunities and plan religious services in religion, and run and lead the TK buddy program and School Families events to gain valuable leadership skills. Class curriculum is also enhanced by field trips designed to support instruction. 8th graders take field trips to the Museum of Tolerance when reading the D​iary of Anne Frank in Language Arts and Homeboy Industries following their reflection and analysis of T​attoos on the Heart in Religion. 7th Grade students travel to the LA Science Center to complement their science curriculum and 6th ​graders venture to the Getty Villa to learn about Greek, Roman, and Etruscan life and artifacts supporting both Social Studies and Language Arts.