CORE Classes (Mon-Thu)
We start the day with 55 minute, discipline specific classes. While they are more traditional in title, they are still taught with a project-based emphasis according to the school's guiding principles. English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Art are a few examples of subjects taught during CORE. There are no bells, but this is the implied schedule:
- 8:00 - 8:54am
- 8:55 - 9:49am
- 9:50 - 10:44am
- 10:45 - 11:39am
Many schools offer an advisory or homeroom course. Our version is called REACH and it serves several main purposes:
- Provides students with a small family within the larger school family to increase belonging. In addition, we have many events, competitions, and fun activities that refer back to REACH classes as an organizational unit that enhances the potential for team building.
- Serves to connect staff, parents, and students by having a single school contact person/advisor for each student. This helps us close the communication loops so parents aren't lost navigating through 6 different teachers and other school personnel to get questions answered and problems addressed.
- Supports post-secondary advising using goal setting, graduation requirement review, and opportunities for career specific tours and guest speakers.
- Empowers students to use their voice and follow a passion that may not fit neatly into a discipline specific course. Staff and students are placed together intentionally to match interests and personal development needs. Together, each REACH class sets its agenda, determines its content, and defines its outcomes. As such, REACH serves as an exploratory learning experience.
Everyone's favorite time of day! Lunch at Spokane Valley High is open campus, although lunch is served in SVH's own Phoenix Cafe.
PROJECTS Class (Mon-Thu)
Life isn't packaged in tidy, discipline specific boxes. Instead, solving real problems requires the application of skills from multiple disciplines, as well as core life/work habits - often dubbed "21st century skills" (see www.p21.org
for more on that). During PROJECTS, students will take part in an interdisciplinary project, taught by a teacher team, with the chance to earn credits from more than one subject area. Whenever possible, these classes strive to solve a problem, pursue an inquiry question, and engage with the community in a real and impactful way. Click here to read a few past project examples.
STUDENT SUPPORT and ALEKS MATH (Fri)
Fridays are a good time for students to meet with any staff by appointment for extra support. Many students also come part of the day Friday to work on projects or utilize technology resources. Each Friday, students are expected to use the online ALEKS Math Platform for individualized, self-paced practice to support the learning they are doing during their CORE math class.