Curriculum

Core Concepts & Outcomes

teacher.jpgCore Concepts – The experiential education curriculum at the Link School has five key components:

  1. Academics
  2. Field Programs
  3. Individually Mentored Projects
  4. Service Work
  5. Spiritual Development

So many Christian Science teens today are looking for something beyond the traditional classroom that will challenge, inspire and link them with a true sense of their identity as they launch out into the adult world. The Link School provides the kind of quality academics that helps students engage, field programs and projects that help students expand, service that helps them look beyond self, and spiritual development that helps them deepen.

Outcomes – Graduates of the Link School will be:

  • Linked to the Divine – as evidenced by their:
    • spirituality, integrity, and sense of spiritual self worth
    • compassionate & respectful relationships with others
    • stewardship for the natural environment
  • Academically Ready – as evidenced by their
    • successful completion of a college-prep curriculuim
    • critical and analyical thinking skills developed through application in the classroom and connections through experiential programs
    • self-designed units of study including long-term projects and presentations of learning.
  • Prepared for life – as evidenced by their:
    • curiosity for learning in varied academic, natural, and cultural environments
    • engagement in meaningful work
    • purposeful recreation
  • Contributing citizens – as evidenced by their:
    • service to their communities
    • passion for life
    • making a difference for good through prayer and action

A copy of the Course Catalog can be downloaded by clicking here. It is updated each August for the upcoming academic year.

 

Here is a letter from a Link graduate on her feelings of preparedness for college after her first semester in college:

Dear Link Staff,

I can’t believe it was only 4 months ago when I graduated from Link! It certainly has felt like a lifetime ago. For 7 weeks I have been attending college and to be completely honest, it is not quite as rad as Colorado. But then again, there is not another state that has the word ‘rad’ in its name.

Anyway, what I hadn’t noticed until this last week was that I had been applying almost every single thing that I learned from Link in all 5 of the classes that I’m taking. Consecutively throughout all the classes, in every group discussion, or answering a question for my professors, I have been able to account my actual experiences from being in Ecuador or on any of the trips/classes with Link. It’s easier to answer questions when I apply how and why it is vital to have a healthy community. What really blew my mind was that all my classes from a glance, seem to be very different from each other. I’m taking a Race & Ethnicity class that feeds its ideas into my Introduction to Ethics class that then feeds into my Environmental Writing Class when we talk about environmental ethics. In my Spanish class I can better understand people from Spanish speaking countries’ way of life and the significance their cultures have. The easiest class to apply my experiences in is my Introduction to Biology/Ecology class called Field & Natural History. I look forward to an overnight camping trip we will be taking to the Ozarks in two weeks. After realizing these connections, classes have been better and I’m starting to enjoy my time while being in college.

All in all, I wanted to take the time to express my endless amount of gratitude for having the opportunity to attend Link last year. If it wasn’t for Link, I wouldn’t have found that I truly do have an interest and passion for videography and outdoor education. I look forward to exploring these newfound passions while attending college. Thank you so much for encouraging and supporting me into being a part of Link. Thank you all for helping me open windows to God!

Love,

Kiersten Sheehan

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