Mission, Vision and Goals

GATHER  ▪  DISCOVER  ▪  GROW  

Mission Statement:

To provide an educational platform for the students, teachers and community of Crown Pointe Academy to actively engage the world through natural sciences with the goal to gather, discover and grow.

Vision:

Regular visits to the EXPO/Gardens will engage students in lessons,hands-on experiments, and activities that are aligned with goals set by the classroom teachers, the school administration, “Core Knowledge” curriculum, and the Colorado State Board of Education.

The Expo classroom is the platform for exploration of the natural sciences and where hands-on learning begins. This experiential  classroom setting will reinforce the educational components that are found in the textbooks and curriculum used in the classroom while offering new opportunities for  students to engage with physical materials.  The Expo classroom will reinforce key concepts and ideas kinesthetically.

The Expo classroom will be the primary classroom for the Garden where students engage in the overall care, maintenance, and harvesting of a garden.  Students will have opportunities to carry out labs and experiments that tie into the natural sciences as well cross curricular standards. The Expo classroom is designed as an open ended experience in which the imagination is the only limitation to the educational experience.

The Gardens will provide students  with a hands on, first person experience of understanding and exploring natural sciences. Students will engage in a myriad of activities  such as learning how gardening is performed, how gardens are maintained, as well as how experiments can be conducted in the natural environment. The gardens will promote the understanding of sustainability, nourishment, and permaculture.

Motivation:

Students need foundations to promote curiosity and exploration of their environment and opportunities to learn how they can interact with the world.

  • Reinforce Knowledge
    • Students need an educational experience that can meet them at many levels and provide them multiple avenues to engage in and explore the ideas that are not covered in a traditional classroom. There is a need for students to become immersed in the experience in order to gain depth of understanding and scope of knowledge.
  • Life Skills
    • In addition to delivering academic content, we also want to develop students who are imaginative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and active members of our society. As a school we need to provide opportunities to teach to the whole child for the long term growth, development, health and viability of students.
  • Community
    • The school community is a crossroads of families and individuals that come from all walks of life with a variety of professional and personal backgrounds.  Everyone involved in the Garden project will be sharing their skills and knowledge in various ways.  Through this project we hope to utilize and showcase the amazing resources and talents of the many people right here in our own school community.
  • Nutrition and Wellness
    • Offering students an opportunity to understand where food comes from and how it plays into health and wellness is necessary when looking to nourish the needs of the whole child. Providing students an opportunity to learn firsthand and become invested in understanding  how food is grown and how to prepare these items into nutritious meals is a life skill that students will utilize for a lifetime.  

Program Goals:

  • Gather
    • Provide an open ended platform where classes and community can gather to create and explore.  
  • Discover
    • Establish an encouraging environment where students can exercise their curiosity about the natural world to discover how the natural world functions.  
  • Grow
    • Develop a setting where students have to opportunity to grow as individuals as well as observe and interact with growth of the natural world.

Program Objectives:

  1. Create a learning environment that encourages the following skills:observation, participation, teamwork, planning, design, and maintenance.
  2. Create a garden that is:
    1. Functional as a food production area and a living classroom
    2. Is aesthetically pleasing
    3. Demonstrates the natural process of growth and decomposition
    4. Develops in the student a sense of achievement through a child centered approach where students take ownership of the task and the outcome.
  3. Develop lifelong skills of food cultivation and production.
  4. Create an outside environment where learning is based on activities and experiences.
  5. Design an educational environment that emphasizes hands on activities which encourage learning, problem solving, and critical thinking.
  6. Design lessons, in and from the garden, which will produce a positive outcome for the students that offer an alternative to traditional classroom experiences.
  7. Promote and follow the three principals of permaculture; care for the Earth, care for the people, share the surplus with the community.