Students and teachers at Edgewood School are enjoying their Fridays right now, diving into topics and skills they might not have time for during the rest of the school year: film studies, knitting, aerodynamics, ceramics, boot camp fitness, rocketry, debate, robotics and modern dance, to name a few.
The six-week Edgewood University, the brainstorm of Principal Scott Houseknecht, takes students and teachers on a break from the regular curriculum and the stress of testing and homework assignments. For one day each of the six weeks, students get to dive into something different and more hands-on, pursuing an interest or a hobby that is usually relegated to “extracurricular” or “after school” time.
Dr. Houseknecht explained that he surveyed students and teachers at the beginning of the school year, and assembled the most popular topics into the Edgewood University curriculum.
“We can teach each other interesting things beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Houseknecht, whose teachers were enthusiastic about reprising Edgewood University.