River School makes the distinction of two kinds of curricula in a school:
1) The explicit curriculum – state standards, formative and summative assessments, textbooks and resource materials.
2) The implicit curriculum – everything else in a school that sends messages to students, thereby, “teaching”. The implicit curriculum include but limited to: how desks are arranged in class, how students are responded to when they make a mistake, what quality of relationships exist between adults and students, how grading is done, how teachers acknowledge their mistakes, etc.
Both are needed in order to attain the purpose of the school:
to educate sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students to be responsible, respectful self-motivated learners who make positive contributions to their communities by acting for the good of the whole. We will accomplish this with the collaboration of teachers, parents and students who provide a nurturing learning environment that emphasizes academic competence, creative expression, and personal and social responsibility and models the values we want our students to learn.
This section shares the explicit curriculum, the subjects taught, and the implicit curriculum, how that is taught.