The schools of the Independent Curriculum Group put students at the center of the education process. We are part of a growing movement of leading college preparatory schools that emphasize site-based, teacher-generated curriculum for advanced courses.
“My friends at other schools tend to complain about their classes. It’s not about the learning for them. It’s about getting into college. Students at Fieldston sign up for classes because they love the subject.”
A Student at Fieldston School
Students retain more knowledge, probe more deeply, and have more motivation when they are active creators rather than passive recipients of information. Students who graduate from ICG schools attend the nation’s best colleges and excel by every measure of academic achievement, including standardized tests. But each school’s curriculum reflects the passions of its faculty and students.
Read the profiles of Our Schools, which describe each with primary emphasis on its program in grades 11 and 12.
Our section for Educators tells more about the movement toward curricular independence and includes a variety of helpful documents and articles from the national media. For those looking to network about educational issues with like-minded colleagues, the Independent Curriculum Group Ning includes discussion areas, forums, interest groups, and event announcements.
Anyone interested in further information should Contact Us. We want to hear from students, parents, and fellow educators. We are particularly interested in contact from like-minded colleagues in the public sector, with whom we look forward to working in partnership.
Contemporary brain science has revealed why student-centered education is much more meaningful than test-centered education. Educators everywhere recognize the unfortunate consequences of our national over-emphasis on teaching to the tests, and public awareness of the problem continues to increase. At the Independent Curriculum Group, we look forward to a better tomorrow for students in all our nation’s schools.
We’re excited to announce that the Independent Curriculum Group has become an Associate Member of The Association of Boarding Schools. TABS provides great events and tremendous opportunities for schools of all kinds to connect in a global community that models the aims of the ICG. Stay tuned for more!
The 2014 annual meeting of the Independent Curriculum Group will take place at 4:30pm on Wednesday, February 26 in conjunction with the National Association of Independent Schools 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The meeting will take place in Swan 2 on the First Level of the Swan Resort.
October witnesses the launch of The Independent Educator, the newsletter of the Independent Curriculum Group. Covering updates from the ICG and some news of relevance to schools, The Independent Educator will be a monthly publication available via email or online for members of the Independent Curriculum Group Ning. Email to be added to the mailing list.