Experiential Learning at MEMS
The Alpine Leadership Academy (Alpine) offers a three-year experiential learning program at Mount Elden Middle School. Alpine students are engaged in experiential education, connecting classrooms to natural spaces and communities through learning expeditions on the Colorado Plateau.
Students work with a rigorous, integrated curriculum that is supported and reinforced in their classes. Coursework for Alpine concentrates on balancing outdoor expeditions and service learning projects in order to allow students to practice hands-on, experiential learning in wilderness areas as well as working to improve the community of Flagstaff.
Common principles used in conjunction with Arizona State Standards throughout the curricula of science, social studies, and language arts are as follows:
Inquiry: Curriculum is designed with inquiry-based learning in mind.
Community: Students participate as members of global and local communities. They evaluate the possible positive and negative impacts of their actions.
Stewardship: Students have the opportunity to consider the value of leaving a legacy for future generations.
Critical Thinking: Students apply critical and creative thinking skills.
Reflection: Students examine and evaluate their learning experiences from beginning to end