All 9th graders participate in a yearlong course called Body-Mind Education (BME), unless otherwise arranged by the administration. This credited course incorporates a range of tools for making healthy life choices, combining activity based sessions with discussion, presentation, journaling, and home exploration. Students will reflect, respond, play, grapple, and experiment. Ultimately cultivating practices of body and mind that will sustain them through the many challenges their lives will offer. The BME curriculum includes three distinct areas of study—Climbing, Health & Wellness, and Strengthen, Stretch, Relax. 9th graders will spend a total of one semester each in Climbing and Strengthen, Stretch, Relax, alternating at the quarter. Health & Wellness is a yearlong course, held once per rotation.
All 10th graders will participate in a semester of Sophomore Health & Wellness, taught by BME faculty. With the 9th grade curriculum as a foundation, Sophomore Health & Wellness provides the opportunity for more mature conversation and in-depth exploration of vital teen health topics such as stress management, identity growth and formation, substance use and abuse, relationships, sexuality, sexual education and consent. The course will challenge students to clarify personal values, engage wholeheartedly in conversations about relevant topics, and develop critical thinking skills towards building a safe, respectful, and healthy culture for all students, inside and outside of school. The curriculum incorporates readings, media, discussion, games, role playing, films, surveys, and creative projects. Sophomore Health & Wellness is a semester-long course.
We also have a new elective class, “Storytelling as Empowerment,” open to 10th through 12th graders. Throughout history, storytelling has been used as a tool to empower, provoke, teach, and connect. This course aims to explore storytelling as a tool to disrupt mainstream narratives about historically marginalized identities, bringing nuance to people's lives. This course will introduce students to various forms of storytelling, from verbal expression to expression through body movements. Student will develop their skills to become narrators and collectively determine a public purpose project with storytelling at its core. This semester-long course offered in Fall 2018 fulfills the Public Purpose Program requirement for juniors and seniors.