The Normal Park Way is our unique instructional approach which focuses on each student's individual needs, encouraging them to become lifelong learners. It includes a variety of instructionalstrategies 

Understanding by Design
Engaging modules are written using a backward design approach in order to provide the students with a clear goal and purpose for their learning. A different module is planned for each quarter with hands-on activities and real world experiences through area museums and community resources.


Travel Journals
Travel Journals are student-created "text books" documenting their learning throughout each module. These allow students to creatively represent their understanding of the curriculum and become part of their quarterly exhibit.


Science/Tinker Labs
Labs encourage the students to discover their learning through interactive and hands on activities that are aligned with the classroom curriculum. Students develop a stronger understanding of the content when they experience it for themselves and create their own conclusions.

Museum Magnet Model
At Normal Park, Learning Expeditions (LEs) are an integral part of the museum magnet model. LEs are focused trips connected to the curriculum. They take place at our 6 partner museums and a variety of community locations. These trips extend and deepen students' educational experiences making connections between the abstract and concrete. Each quarter, students build exhibits to showcase their learning and our school becomes a museum. Exhibit Night is a culmination of on and off campus experiences.

Jekyll Hand Picture

Travel Journal Example

Math Class Photo

Map Project

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