At the Gordon School, students are taught to tell their own stories, with courage and clarity, as part of their day-to-day learning. Gordon School is a nursery through eighth grade independent school located in East Providence, RI. Every day, Gordon teachers challenge and support four hundred students with strong academics, creative opportunities and the chance to develop interpersonal skills like compassion and empathy.
Gordon has a multicultural curriculum that demands that children bring their own backgrounds and identities into their academic work in age-appropriate ways, while learning to explore issues in humanities, math and science from diverse perspectives and with intellectual rigor. Reflective and creative writing, role-playing, public speaking and improvisation are used in every classroom. The result is eighth grade graduates who are comfortable expressing themselves, verbalizing their thoughts in front of a group, and understanding the world from viewpoints other than their own.
From Kindergarten to fourth grade, every student participates in a grade-wide performance presented to the entire school, and the Middle School years are rich with opportunities to pursue individual interests further. While performances are often of exceptional quality, students are taught to value – and enjoy – the process as much as they do the product.
This year, Gordon has renewed its commitment to performing arts education by constructing a state-of-the-art, theater as well as two new Middle School music classrooms, as part of a $7.3 million capital campaign.
Each April and May, Gordon is honored to host Rhode Island’s state poet Rick Benjamin, who works with Gordon students to develop their personal writing voices and put the pen to the page.
This May, Gordon seventh graders are developing their own spoken word pieces, to be performed during an intimate and theatrical “Night of Words” later this month. Students are preparing for this performance event with guidance from Classical High School graduate and Tufts University student Amber Rose Johnson, the 2010 winner of the national Poetry Out Loud contest. They will also have classroom workshops with American spoken word poet Sarah Kay, the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E., a group dedicated to using spoken word as an educational and inspirational tool.
Who knows, maybe one year one of Gordon’s creative students will take the stage to celebrate motherhood!
For more information about Gordon School visit www.gordonschool.org
For more information about Gordon’s theater arts program visit: http://www.gordonschool.org/RelId/735132/ISvars/default/Theater.htm
To register your child for summer camp at Gordon School visit: www.gordonschool.org/summer