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Some students will succeed at almost any school. We are not for those students.

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 celebrates its 33rd year of showcasing the poetry and voices of D.C. area youth on May 2nd.

Session Five Main Lessons

We began our final session for the year this week: Session 5.  Students came back refreshed from spring break, and were ready for their new classes.  

In the Middle School, students chose between taking Flight and Journalism.  Flight challenges students to observe, predict, test, and generalize.  Each investigation tempts students to open their minds, draw upon a variety of experiences, and explore a new range of possibilities, while simultaneously supporting their ideas with a precise data and accurate calculations.   Projects in this course will include building small devices to test the fundamental physics of flight, as well as larger projects that we build and test in the air!  In the Journalism class, students will study the history and development of journalism, keep up with current events, and write their own articles.  They will watch the news, read the paper, listen to podcasts, practice journalistic writing, watch films, take trips, and engage in discussions that enhance our understanding of journalism and current events.

Upper School Main Lessons include Spanish 2B, Potomac River Ecology, Psychology, and Introduction to Philosophy. The Ecology course will promote an awareness and understanding of the different trophic levels (including humans) that interact in the Potomac river watershed. They will study river ecology, conservation, human water usage, and the role of the Potomac river in the Washington metropolitan area.  Psychology will focus on the human mind. Our brains are enormously complex, but many of the things we do can be traced back to either our genetics or experience. They will discuss different types of intelligence, how we learn, classes of psychological disorders, sleep, motivation, conditioning, personality, and our senses. The Philosophy course will take a look at some of the most prominent issues in Philosophy, what they mean to us, and how we can learn from them to find out even more about ourselves.   We will learn what it means to be in an argument, what logic really tries to do, and how we can use it to our benefit.  They will then evaluate some of the most prominent philosophers' writings throughout history.

 

So much exciting learning happening within these walls!

 

Parkmont Cooks!

Our last period of the day at Parkmont three days per week is called "afternoon class."  This is our time to engage in extra curricular activities such as the arts, athletics, computer technology, and music.  Each of our five sessions, students have 6-7 afternoon classes to choose from.  Some sessions the choices might be hiking, tennis, ceramics, gardening, yoga, digital photography or fashion design.

Middle School Internships

We've entered the season of Parkmont's Middle School Internships!  The Upper School students spend six hours per week, all year long, at their internship sites. The Middle Schoolers prepare for that aspect of their high school experience by spending 2 hours on Wednesdays for ten weeks at their internships.  

We have one small group of 6th-8th graders doing community service projects, and the rest of the students are doing individual internships.

“An Evening of Poetry”

In celebration and support of The Parkmont Poetry Festival, "An Evening of Poetry" will be held at Busboys and Poets (1025 5th Street, NW, DC 20001) on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Valet Parking is available.

With readings by: Holly Bass, Teri Cross Davis, Hayes Davis, Nan Fry, Ethelbert Miller, Sharan Strange, and Anne Harding Woodworth.

Happy Holidays from Parkmont School!

December 18th marks the end of session for our students at Parkmont, and will be followed by a 2-week holiday break! We hope you all enjoy yourselves and we'll look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday, January 4th.  Lots of exciting learning and trips to come in 2016!

P.S. Please take a look at our most recent Passing Notes from sessions 1 and 2 to see what we've been up to.

 

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