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Project-based learning (PBL) is learn-by-doing curriculum that integrates core subjects with real-life problems to be solved.

Teachers work in teams with one another to identify key California state standards and skills that need to be addressed at the grade-level. Then, teachers work backwards to plan their curriculum, striving to create engaging, interdisciplinary projects that center on a big idea and a real-world connection that is rigorous, relevant and meaningful to students' lives. Our community partners play a vital role by helping to align our projects to industry expertise and standards.

Students work in teams to create a final product that demonstrates mastery of content standards and a demonstration of key skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. One of the most important aspects of project-based learning is a public presentation of the work created, as assessment is based on the student's ability to articulate and demonstrate the content and skills learned. Student progress is measured and assessed through traditional tests and quizzes, public presentations of learning, exhibitions, and digital portfolios.

Examples of projects include building Medieval-style Trebuchets to solve quadratic equations, studying persuasive techniques and subtext by analyzing advertising, and exploring circular motion and projectile path by creating flash animation movies.


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