C3 infuses creative thinking, challenge and collaboration with community partners into all aspects of learning. The school day begins and ends by highlighting this focus. We start every day with a classroom community meeting often incorporating a creativity or community experience that sparks our thinking.
The school day is divided into a morning block and an afternoon block, with two hours for literacy and two hours for math/science/social studies. Large blocks of time allow for creative-inquiry activities that help children solve problems and develop creative products by using their imagination and collaborating with other students.
The school day structure changes when students meet with community partners. Departing students head to their community partner’s location, such as the Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens or History Colorado to name a few. Teachers and community partners work together to connect curriculum to concepts of art, finance or theater. Students get to participate in real-life learning and develop a deep understanding of the knowledge and resources our partners possess.