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CLEAR Labs will offer hands-on learning and real-world connections
This fall, upper school students in grades 9–12 will have an exciting new learning experience. GDS Upper School is launching a new curriculum, called CLEAR (College and Life Engagement And Readiness), which will extend our outstanding upper school academic program. The goal of CLEAR is to equip our students with essential life skills and to provide opportunities for students to apply their learning to real-world issues facing our community.
The curriculum is designed as a series of labs that will emphasize active, hands-on learning and real-world connections. CLEAR labs will include financial literacy, public speaking, podcasting, leadership, ACT/SAT prep, public purpose projects, and more.
According to Assistant Head Of School for Student Services Ed Billingslea, students played an important role in the development of this new curriculum. Students enjoyed the experiential learning opportunities provided by May/Winter Term and suggested incorporating similar opportunities into the regular class schedule. Last spring, Mr. Billingslea surveyed parents about topics they would like to see covered, and that feedback, along with student requests, is reflected in our new CLEAR curriculum.
CLEAR is scheduled for every Gold 2 day during the school year from 2–3:15 p.m. Teachers will take attendance, and the course grade will show on the student’s transcript. The courses will not count towards graduation or students’ overall GPA.