The New Harmony curriculum will be organized around how communities can respond to and thrive in harmony with evolving ecosystems. The issue of coastal erosion gives students ample opportunity (and reason!) to learn science, mathematics, engineering and technology–along with humanities-based studies such as political science, literature and music. Examples of academic units or projects include:
- Exploring the various impacts of rising sea levels
- Digging into effects on civic engagement and community development
- Documenting social impacts like civil rights, food security and emotional wellness or analyzing their potential in different economic models
New Harmony emphasizes using project- and problem-based learning across the curriculum, with a focus on meeting college- and career-ready standards.
Projects deepen students’ academic content knowledge as they apply their learning in context, while also honing their organizational, collaboration and research skills, developing better communication with peers and adults, and working within their community.