Design & Innovation Initiative
Students learn best when they are doing. One of the many things that makes Seven Peaks School unique is flexibility. As an independent school, we are able to explore progressive ways of teaching and learning without the limitations of standardized testing. One thing we see everyday is that kids learn best by tinkering, making, creating, designing, innovating and hands-on activities. Our new Design & Innovation Lab is in the works! Our new lab will be equipped with a multi-media center, 3-Dimensional equipment, and innovative technology and software to inspire and engage our students.
At SPS, we educate the whole child. Instilling the recognition of the value of helping out and giving back to your community is the premise of Service Learning. Social service and connection to society in general is paramount as we educate our young people. Knowing what motivates and inspires children and educating them based on their individual passions strengthens their opportunity to grow into adults capable of making a positive difference in our world. Providing avenues for students’ self-discovery of passions and strengths and then encouraging students to use those passions to connect with others and greater society in a meaningful and positive way is social service and connection happening simultaneously. What can I do for my community? What can I do for the world? These are some of the questions students seek to answer through this program. At SPS, students complete community service regularly throughout the school year. This program enriches learning, builds civic engagement, and strengthens community. It allows students to make a personal connection with critical issues, and offers engagement at all levels of service from the identification of need, to the planning and implementation of specific projects, to reflecting once complete. Students are using critical thinking and teamwork skills on a regular basis.
We are so proud of the impact our school has on the local community and across the globe. Seven Peaks School community regularly donates time, energy and compassion as we partner with a myriad of organizations in Central Oregon and beyond, including: The Giving Plate, Bend Food Project, Sparrow Clubs, American Red Cross, Touchmark Senior Living, Ronald McDonald House, Bend Parks & Recreation, Backpacks for Bend, The Family Kitchen, Bethlehem Inn, The Salvation Army, Empty Bowls, Shepherd’s House, St. Charles Medical Center, Humane Society of Central Oregon, Equine Outreach, Partners In Care, Habitat for Humanity, San Francisco/Marin Food Bank, and a Guatemalan Orphanage.
Exploring outside our classroom walls provides experiential learning and connection to our community and world. Our small class size and exceptional teachers allow field trips to be a priority. Traveling locally or overnight to bring classroom learning to life inspires our students and allows for enriching hands-on learning. Teachers provide content to prepare students for their trips to enrich their experience. Students have traveled to the High Desert Museum, Mt. Saint Helens, Oregon Coast, Camp Tamarack, Sunriver Observatory, San Francisco Bay Area, Bend Science Station, Skyliners Sno-Park, Bend Research (Science Night), Jr. Achievement Finance Park and Biz Town, Shevlin Park’s Deschutes Watershed, Warm Springs Museum, Central Oregon Pumpkin Patch, and more!
1st Grade Visits High Desert Museum
2nd grade visits Bend Science Station
6th grade spends quality time at the Oregon Coast