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Our unique approach to

Systems-based Learning

In the real world, life isn’t separated into strict learning categories, with geometry in one corner and history in another. That’s why we’ve designed a systems-based learning curriculum that models the classroom on the world outside it. Here are some examples of the knowledge systems you will master while at Revolution School.

Natural Systems

  • Why are amphibians key indicators of the health of an ecosystem?
  • Why is there always traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway?
  • How do fossil fuels make our motors run?

These questions cannot be answered in simple ways. Answering these questions requires an understanding of systems, the separate components and the ways they work together toward an interconnected purpose.

Faculty draw upon the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as AP Curriculum standards, woven together in ways that empower you to see how natural events reveal patterns, which scientists like you use to understand the world.

During your time at our school, you’ll learn to recognize, understand, and apply: (1) patterns, (2) cause and effect, (3) scale, proportion, and quantity, (4) systems and system models, (5) energy and matter, (6) structure and function, and (7) stability and change. You will engage with many natural systems, including:

  • Body Systems
  • Ecological Systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Physical Systems

Integrating the traditional disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics, our Natural Systems approach utilizes the Next Generation Science Standards to help you think like a scientist and an engineer.

Social Systems

  • How are you connected to the elusive society in which you live?
  • Which stories do you claim as your stories?
  • How is power held?
  • What is right?
  • What is good?
  • How do you decide?

To answer such key questions about humanity and the way we engage, you’ll need to learn more than a few dates and read a few books. You’ll need to learn to recognize the dynamic systems, the way they interact with one another, and how they reveal themselves in this world.

Faculty integrate history, government, civics, literature, and economics. We draw upon the C3 Framework and NCTE National Standards, as well as AP Curriculum standards, woven together in ways that empower you to recognize the levers that shape culture. Revolution students listen to and read stories, participate in local experiences and events. To understand how different elements work together, you’ll learn about:

During your time at our school, you’ll learn to recognize, understand, and apply: (1) patterns, (2) cause and effect, (3) scale, proportion, and quantity, (4) systems and system models, (5) energy and matter, (6) structure and function, and (7) stability and change. You will engage with many natural systems, including:

  • Communication Practices and Systems
  • Political Systems
  • Systems of Social Control
  • Economic Systems

Social Systems curriculum focuses on the interconnectedness of these often isolated subjects and encourages you to recognize the way story, power, and wealth intersect. You’ll learn to recognize the foundations of civic engagement as you explore (1) sovereignty, authority, and power, (2) citizens, society, and the state, (3) political and economic change, and (4) public policy.

Technological Systems

From computer science networking to nano- and bionic technologies, from robotics to artificial intelligence, technological systems reveal, track, and manipulate elements within natural and social systems. Technological systems take input and transform it into a different output, and this has proven to be a powerful tool in addressing challenges in our communities and the world. You’ll encounter the ways these systems impact you as you engage with:

  • Transportation Systems
  • Media Systems
  • Knowledge Acquisition Systems
  • Computer Science

You’ll learn basic programming and systems thinking as you encounter new technologies. You’ll have the tools to both construct and consume technology, and because technology is integrated into your learning, you’ll have many opportunities to ask the central questions we all need to be asking: Does this technology do something new or different? What are the costs and the benefits? What is its relationship to our humanness?

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