The QMC curriculum was designed and written with students in mind. It is aligned with state standards and addresses the needs of all learners. Our block schedule allows intensive learning experiences, and ensures that students have access to a variety of elective and required courses, including college-level courses at QVCC. Students will graduate with at least 25 high school credits and many earn college credits as part of our program.
The core curriculum reflects an interdisciplinary, active-learning approach that incorporates differentiated instruction and data-driven decision-making to the teaching and learning experience. Real-life application of skills in the solving of novel and community problems is integrated throughout the curriculum. Students learn to be better managers and directors of their own learning, develop the habits and discipline necessary to embrace lifelong learning as a core value, and contribute in a positive and meaningful way to their community and culture. Please click here to view our Program of Studies 2016-2017.
Literacy, Contextual Learning, creativity & innovation
The focus of QMC is a tripartite one, featuring the integration of the three components of literacy, contextual learning, and creativity and innovation. These components are necessary for students to realize their vocational, career, social, and personal goals in our changing communities, workplaces, and increasingly interconnected global economy. The content focus promotes flexibility, active learning, appreciation for the contributions of others, and an iterative process of asking questions, seeking and weighing evidence, testing hypotheses, and taking action.
Academic goals and objectives focus on the integration of each student’s full complement of learning needs. Students demonstrate their ability to meet intellectually challenging work as they prepare to pursue their post-secondary education or career/vocational goals. Students read and write extensively in all classes; apply their learning to novel problems and tasks; produce significant pieces of analytic work; produce research papers, projects, models, and designs for public review and critique (including, but not limited to, the Senior Capstone Project); and conduct an end-of-the-year course project that reflects their academic, career/vocation, and community/service learning experiences. Learning objectives and teaching/learning strategies emphasize the development of strong, flexible metacognitive strategies, creativity and innovation, and problem-solving skills across all content areas. Self-esteem, appreciation and value of diversity, strong collaborative-related skills, and facilitation abilities are promoted through specific instructional activities. Goals and objectives are drawn from current curriculum models proven to be effective in meeting needs of students with varied learning styles.
In early 2010, in accordance with EASTCONN’s long-range vision for its magnet schools, the faculty and staff of QMC began the process of becoming a regionally accredited high school through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The accreditation process has created the basis for a renewed examination of the philosophical and pedagogical foundations upon which curricula and instructional practices are built, and which foster the involvement and support we seek from students, parents and community members.
S.T.E.M.-Infused Curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
A hands-on approach to classroom learning is integral at QMC. This kind of kinesthetic learning is based on a model that promotes learning through doing. A S.T.E.M.-infused curriculum is one that is rich in inquiry and project-based instruction. S.T.E.M. lessons involving high-level technology like robotics and 3D printing allow students to gain real-world experience and problem-solving skills related to professions such as Allied Health and Advanced Manufacturing, which are supported at QVCC.
A state-of-the-art mobile S.T.E.M. laboratory is a new addition to the QMC curriculum. Using the mobile lab as a home base, QMC science and technology students will be able to travel to schools and sites across northeastern Connecticut, sharing their knowledge and collaborating with peers and younger students on S.T.E.M.- related experiments. Teachers implement an authentic mobile lab learning curriculum that involves the study of water quality through stream analysis, biodiversity, habitats, soil conditions, etc. The curriculum covers content in ecology, biology, chemistry and some basic physics as detailed by the newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards.
QMC curriculum is now aligned with Quinebaug Valley Community College, and also with state initiatives in the areas of technology/advanced manufacturing, allied health, environmental science and human services. These industries have incredible growth potential, and through partnerships like those with UCONN School of Engineering, QMC gives students an advantage and help them find success in the S.T.E.M.-related fields. Students can maximize the number of college credits earned while attending high school, no matter the area of interest. Not only does this defray the cost of furthering a degree, it prepares students for the rigor and expectations of a college curriculum.
Students have taken college courses in the following areas:
Art (ART 107, 141)
Biology (BIO 121)
Chemistry (CHE 111)
Communications (COM 101)
English (ENG 101, COM 173, HUM 101)
History (HIS 202)
Math (MAT 095, 137, 143, 167, 186, 254)
Philosophy (PHIL 101)
Psychology (PSY 111, 112)
Sociology (SOC 101)
Spanish (SPA 101)