Staunton is Our Campus
The academic program at Stuart Hall is inherently project-based and interactive. At Stuart Hall, we see ourselves and our students as part of the community, not distinct from it. Our learning, therefore, is tied to our surroundings.
Community-Based, Authentic Learning
The Staunton is Our Campus initiative enhances existing teaching strategies and supports the facilitation of authentic learning. Authentic learning is an approach to education that allows application of learning to real-world experiences. Because Stuart Hall School is located in the historical city of Staunton, access to real-world experiences through connection with the community enhances classroom education. As students develop content knowledge and skill set, Staunton is Our Campus allows students the ability to practice and foster their skill set in authentic settings. Research has shown authentic learning through real-world experiences develops deeper understanding leading students towards success in college, career, and civic life.
Need an example of how this works? See below for one of our many project-based courses interacting with the community:
Staunton is Our Campus (SIOC) provides a platform for students to practice the Stuart Hall Graduate Goals in real-world settings. The STU Grad Goals are the compass guiding each student towards success. Authentic learning (as part of the SIOC initiative) is the needle directing our students to lifelong skills that empower students to take initiative and responsibility, build confidence, solve problems, work in teams, communicate ideas, and manage themselves more effectively.