Clariden Is Committed to Supporting Our Students & Parents
Clariden is committed to supporting not only our students, but also their parents who are struggling to work and care for their children during this rapidly changing pandemic times. To help our families, Clariden offers both on-campus and online instructional formats for our students. Each week, our families have the flexibility to change their choice on which instructional format works best for their family situation. We believe this flexibility gives our entire community the choices they need to keep their family safe.
Small, Mighty & Agile
Clariden’s small classes & strong community ensure that teachers know each of their students well. Students trust their teachers and classmates in return. There is unquestionable value in being small, agile and in touch with our community’s needs because it means we are able to respond quickly and with quality.
There is a team-mindset in each classroom. That team-mindset isn’t limited to a physical space — it’s a set of interpersonal relationships that can be easily transferred to a variety of environments. That’s why Clariden’s students are so equipped to do field study at such a young age. They travel to new places, first local, and then overnight trips, and eventually national and international travel. It’s because they know they are a team and between their classmates and their teacher there is TRUST.
This environment cultivates confidence, independence and a self-knowledge in our students that they can use their voice to tell their teachers what they need. Our students are agile problem-solvers — just like our school. Clariden doesn’t have to wait for decisions to be made through a big hierarchy. We can respond directly to the needs of our students through the strong structure already in place within our classrooms.
The Clariden School of Southlake is accredited by the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools (TAAPS.org) for students 3 years through High School. TAAPS upholds strict standards for accreditation ensuring exemplary organization and governance, guidelines for administration, faculty, facilities, finances, students, and academic programs. We are also a proud member of the Texas Private Schools Association (texasprivateschools.org).
What Is Project Based Learning?
This short video from Edutopia helps explain the theory behind Project Based Learning curriculum. “In this hands-on approach to teaching, students create schoolwork that demonstrates core subject knowledge. For more information and resources on project-based learning, visit http://www.edutopia.org/project-learning”
Top 10 Reasons Why Clariden Excels at PBL
- Clariden follows the Buck Institute’s Gold Standard when developing and implementing our projects.
- Projects are developed to meet and exceed Texas State Standards as well as meet all elements of the required Gold Standard for PBL.
- Projects span a length of time (4-12 weeks). This allows for a greater level of understanding – mastery of concepts and an in-depth understanding of how concepts apply to real world problems.
- Clariden‘s projects are designed to allow for creativity, collaboration and for students to have choice and ownership of their learning.
- Clariden‘s learning environment is designed to promote student voice. Students learn to use their voice to state what they know, what they’ve learned and how to present in a manner that reflects their knowledge of content and concepts and their ability to problem solve.
- Clariden‘s projects are enhanced by field study and travel.
- Clariden students gain knowledge from experts and mentors.
- Project work is integrated with concepts learned in content time. This reinforces learning and allows for further exploration.
- Clariden designs projects that challenge students to think about and create items that they may have previously had no experience with. For example: rockets, robots, the rain forest, rovers, Texas ecosystems, roller coasters, hatching of baby chicks, etc.
- Clariden students are actively engaged in their learning and are happy to be at school and most importantly – happy and eager to learn.