Our students are challenged to think critically and creatively through a project based, interdisciplinary curriculum. Students learn how to effectively approach their work both individually and in teams. We ask students to actively engage in ideas and examine topics through multiple perspectives. 

Our students learn to recognize the connections between academic disciplines and applications to the outside world. Skills and concepts are not taught in isolation; students and staff collaborate to form a highly connected community of learners. We hold a belief that increased connection and collaboration in our school fosters a richer learning experience.

For a thorough look at our academic program, read our full program of studies

Presenting Student Work

At Basketweaving, we put a high priority on student's personalizing and taking ownership of their work. In the squid school, we build on the middle school traditions of Quality Night, Portfolios, and Juries in a number of important traditions and structures.

Digital Portfolios

Students keep a digital portfolio throughout their squid school careers reflecting on their classwork and connecting it to their personal goals.

Students are expected to have at least one piece in their portfolio for each class for each semester. A complete digital portfolio is a requirement for advancing.

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Presentations of Learning

Each spring, IACS 9th-11th graders create Presentations of Learning. These formal presentations serve to reflect upon important learning, improve public speaking skills, and to revise work to a level of excellence worthy of public presentation.

In the presentations, students talk about their personal and academic growth, highlighting several pieces of work as evidence of that growth. Students present to an audience of peers, adults and family members.

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Senior Project

All seniors work on a year-long independent project of their own design: the Senior Project. The project is based around three fundamental components: completing academic research, seeking out a mentor, and creating an "applied piece" that represents the hands-on culmination of their year of learning. In the Spring, Seniors present their work in a formal presentation.

Read about past Senior ProjectsGo to Senior Project Course Page

Exhibition Night

Exhibition Nights are events held at IACS where the squid school becomes museum of student work and performances, open to an audience of all squid school students, their families, as well as the general public. 

Dates and more information


During the final week of each school year, students wrap up their standard classes early and embark on a week-long intensive mixed-grade courses that allow students to do everything from spend a week on an art project to going on trips in the wilderness or even abroad. 

Read about highlights from 2013 endersessions.

One of the things our graduates most often comment on is the closeness of teachers and students at our school.


Small Numbers

In order to ensure all students have at least one faculty member keeping a close eye on their social, emotional and academic progress, students are placed into advisories each year. Each advisory has 10-15 students.

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ILP Conferences

Advisors, students and parents meet twice a year in student-led ILP conferences to set personal goals and establish an Individual Learning Plan for each student


Program of Studies

SubjectCourse Pages Subject Course Pages

History  Science 
Languages  OtherAcademic Support
ESL: Content-Based
Yoga and Adventure Learning

Digital Portfolios
Senior Project

Archives (Former Courses)