An innovative Design Thinking program
for 7th and 8th grade students
West County Charter is opening its doors on August 15, 2017, with a commitment to provide an extraordinary experience for students in grades 7 and 8. Our students have access to a rigorous, standards-based curriculum including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, and a dynamic, caring team of teachers to engage them in learning. Within the framework of a nurturing environment and challenging curriculum, students will apply their learning to solve real-world problems using the Design Thinking approach.
The Design Thinking approach assumes learning is a call to action, with students “learning by doing”. Design Thinking promotes a solution-based approach to problem solving. Using this framework, students solve problems through creating and innovating, using their critical thinking and collaboration skills, creativity, empathy, curiosity, and optimism. Students immerse themselves in innovation by drawing on methods and ideas from various disciplines, including math, science, arts, and the social sciences.
The Design Thinking method will be used to plan and implement West County Charter’s instructional program and will impact teaching and learning on a daily basis. Students will draw from components of Design Thinking in their daily learning, with a goal of completing two to three culminating project-based learning projects each school year.