Program Details, Policies, and Philosophies

CRISIS is a uniquely interactive program that uses problem-based learning to create an immersive and challenging experience for fifth and sixth graders.

Pioneered in medical school programs, problem-based learning motivates students to actively construct knowledge and expand their academic skills. CRISIS students:

  • learn about a specific subject in the context of complex, multifaceted, and realistic problems
  • experience how these subjects are relevant to future college majors and occupations
  • build up their inner motivations for learning
  • develop responsible, professional attitudes to complex societal problems

Because they collaborate with their peers, students also learn teamwork and leadership skills. This same sense of community extends to residential activities, which are carefully planned to help students form friendships, gain social self-confidence, and expand their nonacademic interests within a safe, supportive community.

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