In addition to the core academic subjects, our students enjoy a variety of special subjects that enrich, inspire creativity, and develop talent.
We believe that the creation of artworks and inquiry into the meaning of the arts are the primary means through which we understand human experiences and transmit cultural values. The visual arts are an essential part of every child's education at Edgewood Campus School. We have designed our program to teach artistic concepts and develop skills using a comprehensive approach that takes advantage of art's special power to educate.
Our program is a disciplined-based art education program similar to that promoted by the Getty Institute for the Arts. Through the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, fibers, and paper, we focus on art production, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics. We introduce western and non-western, ancient, and contemporary art into projects that allow room for personal creativity.
Our school displays art work in a safe online gallery. You can view the online gallery and see art from previous years by typing Edgewood Campus School, Madison, WI into the search box.
Computer & Technology Education
At Edgewood Campus School, we believe that technology is a tool for learning, not an end in itself.
All students from kindergarten through grade eight take information technology and computer science classes. Students in grades kindergarten through two learn to use iPads to reinforce content area knowledge, create original work, and learn tablet proficiency skills. In grade three, students learn keyboarding and to use Google apps for education. In grades four through eight, students use Google apps for education and other various web 2.0 tools to learn digital citizenship, pre-coding skills, digital research, and to create multimedia.
All students will have an opportunity to do a global collaboration project. An example of a global collaboration is the sixth grade Flat Connections Digiteen project.
All students at Edgewood Campus School participate in our music program. We explore musical concepts through sequenced listening and skill-building activities. We introduce students to a variety of topics including music theory, music history, music appreciation, composition, aesthetic awareness, careers in music, and the role of music in everyday life. Utilizing their voice as the primary tool for expression, they also explore musical concepts with various melodic, harmonic, and percussion instruments. Students of all ages spend time in music class learning songs for liturgical celebrations and special events.
Our guidance curriculum provides students with the skills necessary for them to become successful lifelong learners, good citizens and productive workers. Students are offered the following skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing, as well as thinking, problem solving, analyzing, imagining, adapting, decision making, and responsibility. With these skills, our students will function well in our diversified society. Special programs are presented throughout the year with mentors and speakers from community.
Our library curriculum supports the language arts goals of learning how to acquire, evaluate, and share information. We work to assist in the development of communication skills while providing connectedness through all areas of study. Students may utilize the library during open times with teacher permission or during the scheduled class time.
Instruction includes the organization and care of library materials, evaluating selected information, exploration of the variety of literature, and an appreciation for the authors and illustrators. Teachers grade students on their levels of participation, behavior (listening, sharing, and respect for library and materials), completion, and quality of assignments.
Our physical education program emphasizes participation, fun, and cooperation. During the early grades we focus on motor development and enhancing endurance, strength, and flexibility. The primary components of the curriculum include cooperative games, motor skill exercises, ball handling skills, and movement.
Our main objectives at the intermediate level include motor and specific skill development. We lead up to more complex games where strategy and rules are taught. We also stress sportsmanship, teamwork, and cooperation.
For our middle school students we target participation as games and activities become more high level and competitive. Our goal is to foster the enjoyment of activity and sports. To “do your best” is our aim, as students channel the competitive drive into self -improvement and achieving their personal best.
The goal of our Spanish curriculum is to introduce the students to a second language through conversation, reading, writing, games, and songs. We teach the students to speak, listen, and understand basic language used in everyday conversation. We have designed our curriculum to increase awareness of the Hispanic culture through positive experiences with the culture and people.