Parker students learn to think, create, adapt and invent. Our Integrated Learning and Information Sciences Department (ILIS) curriculum is uniquely structured to enable students to follow interests and pursue passions while making connections from concepts to the classroom to the community. Through project-based learning, the foundation of our program, students engage in research and develop agility in accessing, discerning and applying information. Technology and media are thoughtfully integrated to ignite social awareness and launch their imaginations.
A focus on design thinking and maker empowerment encourages students to recognize designs and systems in the world around them and to tinker, remake and create. Our staff consists of librarians/media specialists and educational technology experts who work to empower students to not only use print and digital research materials, but also create new knowledge. The ILIS staff works in the Kovler Family Library, the ILIS Collaboration Lab space and the classroom.
Our in-house design studio, the TIDES (Technology, Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship for Society) Garage, provides students access to 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines and a variety of technological tools for learning, challenge and expression.
Working collaboratively with others across grade levels, building mastery year after year, students develop the skills and mindset to impact their school and the world as thinkers, doers and makers.