Echo Horizon School is purposefully focused on creativity, inquiry and innovation in order to best prepare students for 21st century demands. With that in mind, the school has opened two new spaces— a Makerspace for 3rd-6th graders and a STEAM space for Pre-K to 2nd graders. These spaces, along with the existing spaces for visual art, dance theater, music, gardening and cooking, and digital media, provide students the opportunity to develop their most important tools: imagination and creativity.
Melding the ideas behind Stanford d. School’s Design Thinking and Google’s 20% time (which allows their employees to spend 20 percent of their time in creative pursuits), Head of School Martha Schuur created i2 time to ensure that all children in grades Pre-K through 6 will have the time and opportunity to wonder, to follow their passion, to create and innovate, and to learn to believe in themselves. The goal is for students to learn to approach real-world problems with empathy as they identify solutions, build and test prototypes, fail, and try again.
With the belief that the 21st century will demand empathetic problem solvers who will not just be consumers of things, but makers and creators of great ideas and positive impact, Echo Horizon seeks to offer this advantage to each student.
The school also boasts a newly enhanced playground that offers a beautiful shade structure, astroturf, and a newly refinished basketball court, improvements designed to make a positive impact on students.
To learn more about Echo Horizon, visit www.echohorizon.org.