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At Seven Peaks we aspire to educate our students to be better learners and people. The IB programme is known for its rigor and focus on developing both the personal and academic achievement of each child. The programme strives to develop critical and independent thinkers who inquire with empathy and logic.
3YEAR OLDS-5TH GRADE
Our Primary Years programs focus on six themes that students explore throughout all subjects. This allows students to see how subjects connect in a bigger global context. SPS is currently a candidate school for the IB Primary Years Program.
PYP PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
With a dedicated art room, students learn to be successful and creative using a different part of their brain. They are challenged to think creatively, to persevere when things get difficult, receive and offer constructive criticism, and to take joy in a job well done. These skills are important in all of life; in the art room, they are learned in a fun, messy, organic way.
The heart of the design process introduces students to the notion that they can have a positive impact on the world. Empathy is the first step in the design process. Students learn to look at the world around them and discover a need. Once they've discovered a need, they brainstorm a solution! In the design lab they spend time creating, testing, and launching these ideas.
At SPS we are a connected community. Which means, we believe in the power of cross-class interactions. In the primary program, all of our younger classes are paired with buddies in an older class. These classes meet twice a week for intentional activity time, or a group community time. The buddies program breeds unity throughout the entire school.
PE at Seven Peaks focuses on the development of the whole child by creating an environment that encourages daily improvement and growth. Our units and lessons reinforce the importance of expanding individual capabilities, living a healthy, balanced, and active life, while learning how to be a more caring and responsible member of the community.
At SPS we believe in learning beyond the classroom. As a result, each class will have multiple opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom. Here are only a few of the experiences our students participate in:
• Mountain Leadership
• OMSI & Camp Grey
• Oregon Zoo
• Opal Creek
Children who develop strong social and emotional skills experience better overall health and well-being in addition to achieving greater academic success. At Seven Peaks School, social and emotional learning is integrated throughout our International Baccalaureate curriculum using the IB Learner Profile, a list of attributes that are the foundation of our community.
Language acquisition is an essential piece of the IB curriculum. Learning Spanish allows our students to begin to understand a new culture and way of life, in addition to a new language. This global perspective allows Spanish to be engaging and interactive. Since we begin as early as 3, our students are raised with a bigger understanding of the world around them.
As a mandatory class, music has a high-value at SPS. Music provides many benefits for health and development, including a connection to an individual’s community and culture. Research shows that creating music increases cognitive ability, reduces stress, and increases joy. When making music, all parts of the brain work together, which contributes to whole-child development.
OUR EXTRA CURRICULARS
CLUBS & AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES
These clubs are open to our PYP and MYP students and families, they are available at different times throughout the school year.
Running club meets weekly (weather permitting) during the lunch period. A running coach leads them in a run with peers.
Service club is comprised of a group of students and families that participate in community service events and activities.
Lego club meets weekly to build
together. Lego projects are designed to support science, technology engineering and math.
Garden club plants and harvests the SPS garden each year. Gardening in Bend may not be easy. but the rewards are worth it!
Our book club is a parent/child club that reads carefully selected books and then keeps the stories alive by engaging in thoughtful conversation with peers.
6TH GRADE-8TH GRADE
Our Middle Years programs focus on six themes that students explore throughout all subjects. This allows students to see how subjects connect in a bigger global context.
MYP PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Our advisory program is designed to create a strong support system in which our students can develop academically, socially, and emotionally. Advisory groups occur weekly, are made up of 10 to 15 peers, and are facilitated by faculty members. students will benefit from instruction and activities using the skills and attributes identified in the IB Learner Profile & Approaches to Learning.
Our intensive program is unique to our MYP program. Each quarter, students are provided with a list of different electives to take. The goal of these electives is to enrich students experience and get them involved in the community. Some of our intensives are: mountain survival, pickleball, coding, jewelry making, photography, kickboxing and journalism.
Every student in our MYP program is either in band or choir because we believe that music is an essential part of the whole-child development. Our band members get to choose their instrument from this list: Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion and Baritone. There are multiple concerts throughout the year.
This course acts as a bridge from the elementary program to a series of three secondary IB courses. Students develop broader vocabulary, apply more complex grammar structures and learn about Latino countries and geography. Instruction is designed to promote high-engagement and create enthusiasm for learning a new language.
Our design process stays the same throughout our students' time at SPS. The process is empathy-driven. Students look for a need in the world and create and implement solutions for how to fill it. In the MYP program, our tools become more sophisticated (woodworking, adobe design suite, etc.) and so do the projects and solutions students create!
Students participate in either a visual or performing arts class daily, celebrating both sides of the brain. Students are challenged through inquiry-based teaching practices to explore and create with imagination and individualized passions. Students gain confidence in themselves as they develop skills and learn the power of perseverance and creative exploration.
The IB curriculum requires a service-learning project for our 8th-grade students called the community project. The goal is to encourage students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. This is a self-directed, project developed over 5 months. Our teaching staff coaches our 8th-grade students throughout their project.
Field trips are beneficial for many reasons, including enriching classroom instruction, gaining a better understanding of topics studied in class, and increasing cultural understanding. Our field trips are a blend of educational challenge and enrichment and fun! The 6th-8th grade students all take multi-night field trips each year to various exciting locations.
OUR EXTRA CURRICULARS
At Seven Peaks, we believe students participating in sports develop skills, such as increased self-worth, self-discipline, respect, and fair-play, that positively impact daily problem-solving ability throughout their lives. In our Middle School, we offer:
TRACK & FIELD
Students may sign up for football, tennis, soccer, lacrosse and other activities directly though the Bend Parks and Recreation District.
OUR EXTRA CURRICULARS
Our Middle Year Program gets the opportunity to spend the winter on the mountain! Throughout the snow season, our staff & students head up to the Mt. Bachelor on Friday afternoons to ski/snowboard with their peers.