In-Person Learning, Reimagined
Our top priority as we developed a plan for this unprecedented year was to prioritize the health and safety of our community, while continuing to provide our students with an excellent, developmentally-appropriate education. In order to comply with public health guidance and state reopening guidelines, Seven Hills looks a little bit different than it has in the past, but our community spirit is the same.
The Phoenix RISE: Redesigning for Innovation, Safety, and Excellence program is a new way of teaching at Seven Hills designed to minimize health risks and maximize the classroom experience. Instead of a typical school day where the boys move between classrooms and instructors, students and teachers are grouped together in grade-level cohorts. Those cohorts stay together throughout the day for all subject matter. The designated cohort teachers lead instruction for most curricula, while some specific content instruction is led virtually by a teacher outside of the cohort. Akin to our Team Teaching model, this set-up gives teachers greater flexibility to integrate interdisciplinary, project-based lessons into the curriculum. Our teachers are excited about this opportunity to collaborate and innovate as they continue to provide the best educational experience for middle school boys.
Students still receive the same amount of instructional time per subject area every week, if not more. Every six weeks each teaching team rotates to another grade-level cohort, with the exception of Mr. Parker, the Bridge Director, who will remain with Bridge throughout the year. As such, students will not be taught by the same two teachers for the entire year; instead, they’ll receive interdisciplinary instruction from four different teams of two or three teachers over the course of the year.
We are preserving as much of our school life as we can. Middle school boys need time to get outside and move around, so cohorts will take staggered morning and afternoon breaks on campus. We continue to offer Exploratories, River Days, House Competitions, and other integral aspects of the Seven Hills experience, they just look a little bit different.
Any family who does not wish to have their student learn on campus has the option to participate in classes through distance learning. Students are able to virtually participate in classes in real time.