Hands-on Curriculum

Middleburg Community Charter School offers a project-based, cross-disciplinary program that includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, math, social studies, science, music, visual arts, movie making, dance and physical education.

The base of the curriculum is ‘constructivism’ (Vygotsky). Students learn to become an expert by learning and using the language of experts as they make real and authentic inventions that allow them to apply the basics in all subject areas. The Virginia state standards in all subject areas ground the expectations for all project-based work. We use multiple kinds of texts to support learning (real books, text books, primary sources, web sources, etc.). Students are not bound by grades; students move through grade expectations when they have mastered them.

Leobred Time
At the start of each day students take part in Leobred Time, a morning meeting with activities that address four key curriculum needs: Guidance Education, Character Education, Learning Skills, Community Service Learning, and Health Education. Each student receives a personal journal to track their ideas and demonstrate positive choices. The history of the school and discipline expectations are also outlined in this resource.

Wonder Workshop in Grades K-2
Students work on “hands on” science activities such as making toys out of magnets and recycled materials.

DaVinci Lab in Grades 3-5
Students in grades 3-5 work on integrated projects in science or social studies each quarter. For instance, one class created board games about different eras in Virginia history.

Family Projects
Each quarter families work together on a project that involves problem solving, decision-making and creativity. Samples of this “family homework” include:

  • Creating a planet
  • Creating a community stamp and postcard
  • Creating a family tree
  • Creating a 51st state

Leo Nights
At the end of each quarter students celebrate their learning projects by preparing dance, music and classroom project presentations.

Leo Assemblies
Each class leads a school assembly at least once during the school year. At this time students roll out their community service campaigns that they work on during their Leobred Time. Examples of campaigns include: Bringing in items for the local food bank, a mitten drive, collecting Random Acts of Kindness, encouraging families to purchase presents for the Heifer Foundation for needy kids worldwide, and a talent show to raise funds for the local Humane Foundation.
Additional Innovative Programs Coming Soon:

  • Junior Achievement
  • One Hour of Code
  • Leobred Publishing Company (students, staff, and parents)