At Sussex, learning is hands-on and project based. Students are offered real-world, challenging learning opportunities from studying robotics in STEM to examining social justice issues in social studies or integrating music and drama.
Every student has the opportunity to be seen and heard and are encouraged to contribute their voice. School engagement and leadership opportunities at Sussex School are rich and varied, students:
Sit on hiring committees
Serve as board members
Plan and support talent shows
Serve as a representative voice on curriculum issues
Lead school gatherings
Work on inclusivity and tolerance initiatives
Organize peaceful demonstrations
Participate in service learning
Students at Sussex School are constantly challenged to analyze, evaluate, and question and are encouraged to present new ideas of value. In the early years (grades K–2), students work on authentic projects to create a foundation of integrated-subject learning, collaborative process, and student-driven solutions.
Later elementary students (grades 3–5) transition to more independent project work. Students create questions of their choosing that hone research, non-fiction reading and writing, information synthesizing, and presentation skills.
The upper school years (6–8) support critical thinking through inquiry across all core subjects and provide numerous opportunities for students to consider, write and present about, and work on complex issues.