The goal of school should be to create lifelong learners, but traditional schools often turn learning into a chore that dampens kids' natural curiosity. Our curriculum is carefully designed to meet all the goals of our Learning Framework, while delivering an experience that is stimulating, empowering and relevant to kids.
Kids will spend hours doing something challenging if they’re having fun. In fact, most kids love doing hard things and crave interesting problems to solve. We design a curriculum that encourages “hard fun:” the enjoyment that comes from being deeply absorbed in a challenging learning experience.
Prisma's "secret sauce" for getting kids to love school? Decades of cutting-edge education research have given us the insights we need to spark motivation and engagement in learning. Here are the principles we live by:
Research shows that learning through projects is not simply more fun & engaging for kids. Project-based learning also leads to deeper understanding of concepts and skills, because kids need to apply their learning to a real-world situation. Creating projects also helps kids build key skills for future success, such as goal setting, project management, and giving & getting feedback. Most importantly, finishing a project gives kids a sense of pride and purpose. Prisma learners choose a project to complete during each learning cycle, and present their projects to peers and parents at a celebratory Expo Day. Over time, learners build a rich portfolio of creative project-based work that showcases their abilities and sets them up for success in future endeavors.
What school subjects did you use in your work today? You probably would have a hard time pinpointing. The real world is not a tidy collection of compartmentalized subjects! Solving real-world problems requires a synthesis of knowledge and skills from various disciplines. At Prisma, our curriculum is organized into interdisciplinary themes that blend traditional academic subjects together.
Our curriculum design team (with experts in all school subjects) used an iterative process to create a framework of key skills across subjects that learners should master from Grades 4-12. We cross-reference a map of these skills with engaging, real-world topics to develop our themes. Past interdisciplinary themes have included Build a Business (economics, math, design thinking, web design), World of Wonder (earth science, poetry, visual art), and Unsolved Mysteries (history, journalism, and technology).
Learners who receive individualized attention and feedback consistently perform two standard deviations better than those who receive conventional classroom instruction. Personalized coaching enables learners to set specific goals, identify areas of improvement, and receive targeted feedback in real-time. At Prisma, each learner is matched with a mentor coach who builds a strong connection with them, meets with them regularly, and provides rich feedback on their academic work. This approach fosters a deeper understanding that helps learners achieve their full potential.