Academics

PACE Co-Curriculum

PACE: Promoting Awareness and Community Engagement


Through the PACE program, we dedicate time during the mod and the year for experiential classes, events, and activities that will prepare our students to meet the demands of an increasingly complex and diverse world. A four-year co-curriculum, PACE has been designed to ensure that all CSW students develop self-awareness, social consciousness, healthy living habits, life skills, and leadership that will serve them into adulthood.

GRADE 9
MORNING PROGRAM:  FOUNDATIONS

In grade 9, students explore practices and concepts related to community citizenship, creating shared language around identity, privilege, and oppression and building a sense of self in relation to peers, adults, and their community. In addition, students develop important foundational thinking related to physical, mental, behavioral, and relational health.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM:  GLOBAL STUDIO
Our 9th grade Global Studio introduces students to the concept of service learning and provides them with the space to build and practice implementing the skills necessary for meaningful and impactful community engagement. Students consider issues and questions of global significance, conduct relevant research, and develop potential solutions.

GRADE 10
MORNING PROGRAM:  MIND-BODY CONNECTION

The focus of the grade 10 PACE curriculum is to promote an understanding of mental, physical, and emotional connection; learning how to exercise self-care for personal and relational health; and building a positive self-identity while practicing effective decision-making skills through mindfulness education.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM:  HYPER LOCAL STUDIO
In the 10th grade, students take skills gained in the 9th grade Global Studio and apply them to direct service learning opportunities in our school community. This studio allows students to think about whether their challenges have broader impacts, research the ins and outs of the problem, and develop potential solutions for deployment.

GRADE 11
MORNING PROGRAM:  ALLIANCE BUILDING ACROSS CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
In Grade 11, students will deepen their understanding of the historical roots of current inequities through study, experience, and reflection. Concurrent service learning opportunities allow students to gain a more personal understanding of equity and justice, as well as build on their knowledge of individual and shared identities.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM:  INNOVATION & DESIGN STUDIO
Our 11th grade Innovation + Design Studio asks groups of students, guided by a mentor, to define a problem in conjunction with a community or group they have direct access to. The studio asks each group to research the problem deeply and pinpoint an organization that tackles this to create a potential partnership. The group will then work with the organization to create a future action plan that fits the needs of the partner and highlights the strengths of the members of the group.
GRADE 12
MORNING PROGRAM:  SENIOR SEMINAR

In the Grade 12 Senior Seminar, students will reflect on and consolidate their CSW experience. As they prepare for the transition to life beyond CSW, they will continue to build skills and confidence around self-representation; practice habits related to personal health and self-care; hone adult life skills; and increase resourcefulness and resilience while building a strong sense of self and personal values.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM:  PRACTICUM
Focused on action and implementation, the Practicum year continues the approved projects from the Innovation + Design Studio. Groups commit time to working directly with partnering organizations to actualize their projects and assess viability throughout the year. The year will culminate in a celebration of the projects for the CSW community, during which students will present their projects, process, and reflections.


PACE Terminology


SERVICE LEARNING

Service learning is community engagement work that is:
 
  • rooted in relationship building and leadership opportunities
  • directly connected to academic programming
  • regularly assessed and reflected upon
Service learning is NOT the same as traditional “community service,” which runs on an episodic, bean-counting system based on hours logged.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Social emotional learning is the process by which students develop cognitive, emotional, and social competencies.

STUDIO LEARNING
Under the studio model, students work like apprentices in a common space under the tutelage of a “master.” Throughout the process, students:
  • interact with each other on their designs, projects, or products
  • undergo periodic critiques of their work
  • research, apply, revise, and self-evaluate
  • publicly present the culmination of their work
The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.