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The World is Our Classroom

Field trips, on-site learning and real-world internships. We turn the world into a classroom.

The Parkmont Program

Our day isn't like a day at other schools. It's more focused, less pressured, and more interactive.

Parkmont Poetry Festival

The Parkmont Poetry Festival celebrated its 32nd year of showcasing the poetry and voices of D.C. area youth on May 3rd.

Art at Parkmont

This session there are two art offerings during the afternoon class period.  One group is taking "Independent Studio" with Rose.  Rose, as many of you know, not only works at Parkmont, but is a local artist and illustrator, too.  Most of the group is doing print making, or creating comic books, and one student is painting.   The print making group is working on making linoleum block prints, using a super hero theme.  Some of the comic book students are has also adapted this theme, making comic books about superheroes, and some even making some of their comics using linoleum block prints.    

Another art offering is Fashion Design.  Bridget, who teaches Spanish at Parkmont, is a talented seamstress, and she is sharing her creative skills with the kids.  Students are learning how to do various stitches by hand and are designing patterns.  They are doing a number of projects throughout the session, inlcuding making pillows, and designing handbags or articles of clothing.  They have a wonderful assortment of donated fabrics and are turning out some beautiful pieces!

Prior to the start of Middle School Internships (this week!) the middle school students have been doing art projects with Mattie every other week. The group has explored a number of medium.  They focused on "effects" for a time.  This included various watercoloring techniques, from using tape to block off sections of canvas, that would later be returned to, or covering a watercolor piece with saran wrap to see how that manipulates the final product.  They also used salt on watercolors to see how it repels the paint.

During the last two sessions, Rose taught courses called "Inspired by the Masters Parts One and Two," where they looked at famous artists and made work inspired by them.  They studied Klaes Oldenburg and made large object sculptures and pop art.  They learned about Piet Mondrian, and made geometric, modern paintings. And finally, they delved into Marc Chevall and his horses and dream-like imagery with water color.

Upper School Internships

An integral part of our education at Parkmont is the Internship program, which Upper Schoolers participate in every Wednesday and Friday afternoon.  Over the course of a given year, our high school students spend 180 hours at their internship sites.  Most remain with one internship site for the whole year, and others switch to a second site mid-year.

In addition to getting great hands-on learning experience, building their aspirations and dreams, and acquiring working skills and confidence, our students participate in a number of projects each year.  During each of the 5 sessions at Parkmont, students write two journal entries about their experiences (for a total of ten per year).  Over the course of the year, they also engage in 4 projects:

Session Four Begins Today

Welcome Back! Today is the start of session four.

Our Upper School and Middle School students have great new Main Lesson options for the session: Chemistry, Spanish, World Geography, Social Movements, Capitalism, Robotics, and World Religions. In addition to these morning classes, their Reading Groups, and their math, students will also be able to select from the following Afternoon Classes: Fashion Design, Gardening, Art, Petitions & SAT Prep (for Seniors), Sports, Study Skills, Typing, and Ecology (for students who went on the Ecology Everglades Trip.)

We hope that all of our students are well rested after their winter break and are ready to delve into an exciting new session!

Everglades Adventure Underway

The Everglades Ecology trip is well underway and they are having a true adventure!!! Check out (and like!) Parkmont's Facebook page to get photos and the blow by blow on what the kids are learning and seeing each day.

Here are a few quotes from Facebook from the travelers:

Paragraphs & Essays Class on Personal Attributes

Kristin is currently teaching the Main Lesson class on writing that most upper schoolers will take at some point during their duration at Parkmont: Paragraphs and Essays. In the course, students delve into the details of writing, composing college-level papers and essays. In this week's assignment, Kristin's students worked on essays about personal attributes that they admired. Following are some of their very insightful (and well-written!) reflections.

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