Discovery Based Learning Experiences

The Discovery Based Learning Experiences are divided into Expeditions and Quests on which we build our school calendar. These experiences offer valuable opportunities to practice Discovery Prep’s philosophy of resourcefulness, entrepreneurship, compassion, and services to others. 

An Expedition to Yosemite and a quick clean up with the Yosemite Park Service.

An Expedition to Yosemite and a quick clean up with the Yosemite Park Service.

Overview

-3-week DBLE includes a 1-week Expedition

-6-week DBLE focus on Quests (five per year)

-3-week DBLE includes a final Expedition

*see 2017-2018 Academic Calendar


The school year begins with a 3-week Discovery Based Learning Experience in which students establish and present their individual and the community-wide learning goals and mastery learning objectives.  As a component of this 4-week experience, students and faculty will embark on a purposeful, one week Expedition. Students will also participate in numerous team building and leadership training opportunities. Expeditions are student-designed, planned and budgeted—amazing opportunities to build essential skills!

Six, 6-week Quests become the focus for the Discovery Based Learning Experience throughout the school year.  Quests are the backbone of the academic program because they afford authentic opportunities for students to expand on and practice core learning in the areas of math, reading and writing.   At Discovery Prep, Quests can involve starting a business, attending local lectures, exploring contemporary issues, participating in local apprenticeships, dramatizing historical events, hosting student-led performances, traveling to local museums and exhibits, and competing in competitions or debates. Students will practice the principles of SCRUM (a real-world, project management strategy) in order to identify, plan and execute each Quest.

Each school year concludes with a 3-week Discovery Based Learning Experience in which students participate in a period of reflection and presentation. During this time students reflect on progress made towards learning goals and objectives including successes and failures; receive final narrative and mastery learning assessments; prepare for college admissions tests (SAT or ACT); complete and present learning portfolios. In addition, students set off on a final student-designed Expedition that can include international travel and service work.

*Costs for Spring Expeditions are not included in tuition; additional fundraising may be required.