MOVEMENT & MEDITATION
Each work day begins with mindful, vigorous movement aimed at increasing awareness and control of the breath, body, and mind. We explore various modes of movement and stillness using practices from Laban’s Movement Analysis, Suzuki, Viewpoints, modern dance, hip-hop dance, ballet, yoga, and meditation. During musical theatre productions, we create and rehearse show choreography.
Company members create the props, sets, costumes, lighting, and sound elements for theatrical productions. This class integrates learning objectives in science, technology, engineering, visual arts, and math. This course also supports ATLAS’s stand-alone math curriculum by connecting projects to Math Lab units.
A master teaching team made up of a theatre teaching artist and humanities teacher guide company members through the authentic theatrical process: researching, rehearsing, and performing plays related to a range of academic subject matter. Each company devises an original theatrical production based on a social studies unit of study, adapts a novel, produces a classical play, and performs a musical.
To support their work as a theatre company, members spend time with their humanities teacher studying and writing about the historical, social, and political context of their plays and their connections to current events. They learn to formulate and support strong points of view during class discussions and debates.
In this daily course, company members work through targeted, sequential math instruction. The curriculum is Common Core aligned, hands-on, and prepares students for competitive high school math classes. Math Lab also lays the foundation for the project-based math work that takes place in STEM Stagecraft.
Company members pursue individual learning pathways during this block. These learning pathways are created in initial conversations with family members, the learner, and the Education Director. The teaching team helps facilitate the learning process by providing scaffolded support, finding technology-based learning platforms, connecting students to community experts and tutors, and assessing student progress.
Students develop and apply Spanish language skills through creative, project-based learning.
In this science course, students explore the four strands of scientific inquiry:
- Knowing, using, and interpreting scientific explanations of the natural world.
- Generating and evaluating scientific evidence and explanations.
- Understanding the nature and development of scientific knowledge.
- Participating productively in scientific practices and discourse.
Through partnerships with local museums and college programs, ATLAS students also participate in several scientific expeditions throughout the year. This work is a deeper dive into a specific line of scientific inquiry, and involves working with experts to create authentic reports and products that benefit the community.
This course focuses on building musicianship and confidence in support of our theatre productions. Company members work on listening, performance, and sight-reading skills while rehearsing choral and/or instrumental pieces.
REFLECTION + MEDITATION
The company meets to reflect upon the trials and triumphs of the day and to calm their minds using meditation techniques.
Drawing upon the vast expertise within our surrounding community, we invite artists and professionals to be interviewed by our company and lead us in workshops related to their crafts.
Members of the company propose and organize experiences and service projects that bring us closer to one another and to our surroundings. ATLAS students volunteer during storytime in the NMS Preschool, and participate in community service projects on campus. Each year ATLAS attends several professional theatre productions at Long Wharf Theatre. ATLAS takes advantage of our downtown location to explore the great city of New Haven.
ADVISORY & COMPANY MEETING
Students participate in a weekly company meeting to discuss their progress both as individuals and as a group. Guided by the restorative justice model, students reflect on their actions and impacts and make commitments for moving forward as a company. Small advisory groups meet throughout the week to set personal goals and work to develop organizational and interpersonal skills to set them up for success in high school.