Adventure Physical Education offers athletics in traditional and non-traditional settings. This enrichment is required for grades K-8. Evergreen students learn and practice sports, fitness routines, group games, initiatives, individual record setting, and how exercise relates to overall health.
Students also travel off campus to participate in alternative sports such as skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, rock climbing, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking.
Each grade participates in an overnight adventure ranging from kindergarten students sleeping in the classroom to 8th graders embarking on a four-day Outward Bound course. These adventures are integral to Evergreen's curriculum and character education.
Our visual arts program reflects North Carolina Visual Arts Essential Standards. Students at all grade levels use the Elements of Art (e.g. line, shape, color, texture, form, space, value) and the Principles of Design (e.g. repetition, contrast, emphasis, balance, movement, proportion, harmony, unity) as they explore aesthetics, art history, art criticism, and art production. Students learn about drawing, painting, mixed media, collage, sculpture, ceramics, weaving, and printmaking.
Throughout the school year, there are opportunities for visual arts integration with grade level classroom expeditions both in the classroom and during art class. Click here to view our online gallery of student artwork!
Middle school students attend elective classes once per week. Students choose their elective each trimester. Electives change based on student and teacher interest. Some examples of elective choices are: Coding, Ceramics, Mathcounts, Beginner Band, Beginner Ukelele, GarageBand, Climbing, Iron Chef, Story Slam/Poetry Slam, and Visual Arts.
All of our music curriculum is designed and based on the state and national standards for music education, and approached through the lens of Evergreen's Expeditionary Learning model. Students explore music from many different cultures, as well as the musical roots of our own American culture. At the elementary level, students experience music through singing, listening, moving, and playing instruments in a non-competitive, inclusive atmosphere. Middle school music classes focus on a project-based approach to studying musical history and a variety of genres.
Students in grades K to 4 have music class once per week, while grades 5 to 8 have one class per week during one trimester.
Health Education is an essential component of Evergreen's Personal Development Curriculum. As part of our holistic approach to child growth and development, we provide a thoughtful, intentional program of study that helps children develop the understanding, skills, attitudes, and habits that promote a lifetime of wellness and thoughtful decision making. The areas of development covered include:
Self-awareness: Individual learning styles and profiles, personal challenges, goal setting and reflection, positive body image
Healthy living: hygiene, nutrition, fitness, relaxation, personal safety, and knowledge of human body systems and maintenance
Communication/relationships: building and maintaining healthy relationships, clear and honest communication, conflict resolution, mediation, assertiveness
Sexuality (developmentally-appropriate content): anatomy and physiology, puberty, reproduction and reproductive health, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexuality and society, law and media, sexual abuse and harassment
Many of the topics covered involve choices and the development of values that might not exactly match those of all of our diverse community members. For this reason, parental involvement is be essential. Parents are able to make the decision for their child(ren) to opt out of any of the activities or discussions.
Finally, we are a community that embraces diversity and acknowledges differences in sexual preference as well as gender identity and roles. Our goal is to teach our students to be sensitive and respectful in our diverse society while honoring multiple perspectives in an open dialogue.
All students in grades 6 to 8 receive at least one trimester of Teen Scene. Curriculum is based upon North Carolina Essential Standards for Healthful Living and Guidance and Evergreen's Personal Development Plan. A sample of tentative topics include:
6th Grade: Effective Communication, Conflict Resolution, Substance Abuse (e.g. alcohol, nicotine, inhalants, and marijuana), Peer Pressure, Decision Making, Coping Skills
7th Grade: Coping Skills, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Bullying, Violence and Advocacy, Sexual Orientation, Substance Abuse (e.g. alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, "uppers, downers, and all-arounders"), Peer Pressure
8th Grade: Conflict Resolution, Substance Abuse (e.g. alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, "uppers, downers, and all-arounders"), Peer Pressure, Mental & Emotional Health, Gender Identity
Technology is used to complement and enhance classroom instruction and learning expeditions. In second grade, students are exposed to computer science concepts involving computer coding. In fourth grade, students begin formal keyboard instruction. Lessons and activities in internet safety precede the assignment of school email addresses in 5th grade which are used to communicate with Evergreen peers and teachers. Grades 5 to 8 learn about their "digital footprint” and work collaboratively online to develop and refine research skills. Student also engage in multimedia content creation like podcasts, book trailers, stop-motion animation, movies, and more.