At KIS we extend our learning to practical and wild applications, believing that our best learning happens as we give way to curiosity, problem solving, and invention. Our educators design multidisciplinary and project based learning opportunities inspired by student interest and need. And our students are empowered by a course selection that offers insight to future study or professions. We practice the design thinking process and believe that teaching one another, making something new, and finding current ways to apply content knowledge gives relevance to our learning.

At KIS we extend our learning to practical and wild applications, believing that our best learning happens as we give way to curiosity, problem solving, and invention. Our educators design multidisciplinary and project based learning opportunities inspired by student interest and need. And our students are empowered by a course selection that offers insight to future study or professions. We practice the design thinking process and believe that teaching one another, making something new, and finding current ways to apply content knowledge gives relevance to our learning.

Service is part of the KIS ethos. Our students are quick to initiate and participate in service programs through school classes or clubs. Now we are developing authentic service learning in our curriculum as an extension of applied learning. Of the moment volunteer opportunities are wonderful but at KIS we also value creating sustainable service projects. We appreciate the time necessary to build relationships with our community partners and believe the longevity of these programs allows students to serve more meaningfully.

We all want more time to learn. And we know our high school students keep a full schedule. So at KIS we decided to give time back to our students: each KIS high schooler enjoys an autonomous block built into their schedule. This is time for students to conference with teachers or counselors, complete classwork, or visit with peers. But something neat happens when we have time. We wonder, imagine, create, make, build, consider, decide, chase. We expect our students to use their autonomous time as they choose, and are impressed by the yield! Students apply their learning and individual interests to a variety of pursuits and projects, developing social justice campaigns, reviving the school greenhouse, rehearsing for performances, committing to service programs, and mentoring younger students. The autonomous block values time, choice and flow, giving our students an opportunity to lean into what comes next.

Our facilities support applied learning at KIS. In elementary and middle school makerspaces, students explore engineering and construction. Design class is built into the elementary schedule, giving all grade levels practice working safely with a variety of tools and materials. More, elementary students learn the design thinking process and become comfortable applying the model to any subject area learning. Middle school students begin with a introduction to design class with the option to take additional design electives. We believe choice empowers students to explore their interests. And our design faculty have the knowledge to support students’ best use of the design resources. Our secondary Design & Innovation suite is a great space for robotics, computer science, CAD, graphic design and programming classes and clubs. Our campus also enjoys greenhouse facilities and outdoor space that further enrich our culture of design thinking, exploration, and innovation.