Our Theme: Community

Our curriculum is unified by essential questions relating to the theme of community.
  • What is community? What sustains it?
  • What makes a community healthy and prosperous?
  • What are laws? How should they be implemented?
  • What is progress? How is it achieved? Are we making progress?
  • Who should lead? How should he or she lead?
  • What is the role of the citizen? What is my role? What can my role become?

We believe such contemplation helps develop perspective on life, and we want students to experience the power of engaging matters of real consequence. The culture of Lyons Community School expresses the symbiosis between youth development and community, both in and out of the classroom. Lively exchange of questions and ideas is constant throughout the day. Lyons Community School instructors apply "shared inquiry" and "accountable talk" methods to make social learning purposeful, to prompt students to share their curiosity, and to encourage leadership in the classroom. Important conversations also occur in town meetings when advisories debate the merits of a proposal to arrive at consensus.