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Learning At Bay

In the 21st century in a globalized, complicated world, learning is never static.

It is not a book of facts to be memorized, nor is it a set of activities to check off a list. At The Bay School, learning means acquiring ways of being in order to prepare our students for an uncertain future: asking difficult questions that may not have simple answers, articulately expressing sophisticated ideas, working with others to address real-world issues and seeing our dynamic world with empathy and through a variety of perspectives. It is about possessing a fluency in the new literacies that shape a rapidly changing world and about having the courage to think ethically about one's actions and to follow one’s own path. It is about a depth of thought and inquiry rather than breadth of coverage, about taking a mindful, intentional approach to everything Bay does.

Bay students spend class time investigating, discussing, creating, evaluating, refining. Bay’s teachers design their courses so as to maximize student involvement and to allow students to get their hands messy with the business of learning, while always maintaining the teacher’s own role as the expert, facilitator, and mentor.

Because we value critical and independent thinking as well as thoughtful and thorough exploration, our assessment tools are varied and comprehensive, our assessments authentic and intentional. In all disciplines, assessment reaches beyond the “quiz, test, paper, final exam” paradigm; multimedia presentations, design challenges, collaborative projects, dramatic representations, and field research are also a part of each student’s comprehensive portfolio of work.