Through athletics, our coaches help our student-athletes develop socially and emotionally, building the skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and responsible decision-making, all while building relationships with their teammates, opponents and community members.
Track and Field
Golf, softball, tennis, and spring fitness training are offered throughout the year. We will not compete against any other schools.
Brotherhood is a living museum where the students “become” a historical individual who overcame a social prejudice while making a significant contribution that changed the trajectory of history. Students learn about different social prejudices while immersing themselves not only in the social limitations of prejudice, but also in the embodiment of the spirit of overcoming those limitations. Learning to not only move beyond any social prejudices they encounter, but also to recognize and have tools to deal with their own personal prejudices.
The Extended Day program is designed to meet the social and emotional needs and interests of students at the beginning of the curricular day. Extended Day activities are held from 8:25 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. It is a voluntary program and students choose from three areas of classes: practice for extracurricular sports and clubs (football, basketball, cheer, swim etc.); academic study halls; and “just for fun” classes. New classes are chosen each semester.
Thoreau's MicroSociety enables teachers to answer two persistent questions that students frequently ask:
“Why do I need to know this?” and “How do I fit in?”
Traditional subjects are studied through the day, then applied “on the job” during Micro. The MicroSociety program connects real-world skills with academic learning and builds on the special needs, unique character, and resources of our particular school and community. With this foundation in place, students have the base they need to succeed authentically as a citizen of a small community.
The MicroSociety program is the only student-based entire school reform effort of its kind. This research-based education program transforms classrooms by providing real-world context for academic learning. Students collaborate with parents, business volunteers, and teachers to create a functioning small community within the school. Students spend one hour or one class period each day in their jobs where they learn to run businesses, apply technology, develop government and social agencies, and create cultural and arts organizations. Gradually, students become immersed in the realities of a free-market economy with taxes, property concerns, income issues, and politics.
Business Banking Services and Procedures
- Check cashing, deposits, business cash withdrawals
- Detailed monthly bank statements
- Daily account balances as requested
- Check writing procedures
- Banking Procedures
- Hours, windows
3. Forms and procedures for setting up a business checking account
Student, Teacher, Business Savings Accounts
- Detailed monthly savings account statements
- Monthly interest payments
- Forms and procedures for setting up a savings account
Business Bank Loans
Forms and procedures for applying for a business bank loan
The TRIBES program at Thoreau was implemented to create a positive, safe climate in which the students can learn appropriate life skills and the basics of group interaction. It consists of daily TRIBES activities, which are based on the community agreements of mutual respect, attentive listening, no puts-downs, and the right to pass. Students are scheduled into multi-age groups consisting of approximately thirteen students and one adult TRIBES leader that meet for 20 minutes at the beginning of the day and for 10 minutes at the end of the day for Agenda Reflection. TRIBES is an excellent way to build community throughout the school!
TRIBES has become one of the most successful components of Thoreau. This program has effectively bonded a myriad of personalities from every part of our city. It has, without a doubt, provided our students with a tool for growth and personal development.
Students begin each day by participating in a community circle where they can freely discuss matters of personal concern and relevance as well as school-related issues. This environment allows a close affinity to peers with whom they might not otherwise know.
Intramurals are held during TRIBES and allows for competition between tribal groups by participating in basketball, paper airplane contests, tug-of-war, four square, and other physical activities and games.