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Experiential Education

Monte del Sol is committed to the idea that students learn best when they are actively engaged with the content they are studying. Experiential education incorporates project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, interdisciplinary curriculum, hands-on experiences, reflection, and real-world learning through trips and field work. Research conducted on these types of pedagogy support the idea that students achieve better learning outcomes if they are engaged in experiential education, when contrasted with traditional instructional methods (Thomas, J. W. (2000). A review of project based learning).


Our focus on experiential education is displayed in a number of projects across our entire curriculum. Some recent examples of experiential, interdisciplinary and project-based education include:

Future Studies Project (8th grade Future Studies)

Trout in the Classroom (8th grade Science)

Pinhole Cameras (MS Photo, Photography I)

Physics Egg Car Crash (9th grade Physics)

Illuminated Manuscripts (9th grade English and Art)

The Peace Museum (10th grade Humanities)

Chaco Canyon Sustainability Project (11th grade)

Clean Water Project/Fieldwork (Environmental Science)

Coordinate Plane Transformations Visualized through Art (Geometry)

Architecture & Building (Geometry & Trades Math)

Water Fiesta- teaching elementary school students about water (AP Environmental Science)

2018 Mayoral Forum (US Government)

2019 Legislative Session Project (US Government, Economics)

Personal Finance with Los Alamos National Bank (Financial Literacy)

Geodome Greenhouse Work (Intro to Sustainability, Trades Math, AP Environmental Science)

Culinary Program (Culinary I, Culinary II, MS Garden Integration)

NHS Blood Drive (11th & 12th grade Nat’l Honor Society)

NHS Food Depot (11th & 12th grade Nat’l Honor Society)

Santa Fe River and Stream Health (AP Environmental Science)

The Reality Fair (Financial Literacy, Pre Calculus)