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.
Gray fall weather couldn’t deter nearly thirty educators from around the United States from making the trip to the beautiful Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, for the ICG’s First Annual Retreat for Academic Leaders. With keynote presentations from assessment expert and 21st-century learning guru Jonathan Martin and opening and closing remarks from ICG executive director Peter Gow, the event proved to be, as told participants he hoped, “a warm bath in ideas, conversation, and good fellowship.“ Representing boarding and day schools in ten states (including Texas and California!), the administrators and teacher-leaders shared ideas in fourteen lively and sometimes intense “UnConference” sessions as well as over meals and in the cozy social spaces at Whispering Pines.
Peter Gow, a founding board member of the Independent Curriculum Group, has been named as the second Executive Director of the Group. Gow has been serving as Associate Director since 2013 and takes over the reins from founding executive director Bruce Hammond, who has moved his base of operations to China, where he will be continuing to support the ICG’s work on the international stage.
SAVE THE DATE!! We’re excited to invite you to the greatest ICG EVER: the First Annual ICG National Retreat for Academic Leaders: A Time for Us on October 22-24 in beautiful West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Read on for more information and to REGISTER for this important and exciting event.
SAVE THE DATE!!
We’re excited to invite you to the greatest ICG EVER: the First Annual ICG National Retreat for Academic Leaders: A Time for Us on October 22-24 in beautiful West Greenwich, Rhode Island.