The 2 English/History blocks offered at Crest create the opportunity for students to learn topics in the Humanities through theme-based units in a multi-grade setting. Students spend a good part of each theme working on teacher directed activities leading up to students opportunities to delve further into the theme by creating their own projects. We encourage students to learn to their passions, to work together, and to explore the topic in a variety of traditional and alternative expression. We believe strongly in the power of art as a learning tool as well as class presentations.
One of our pinnacle and popular classes explores what it means to be a horticulturalist. In depth plant study, their structures, their friends and foes, different soils and insects are just a small part of all that students learn. By planting thousands of plants and maintaining the 3 greenhouses at Crest this course culminates in an end of the year, non-profit, community-wide plant sale whose proceeds go back into the Crest Horticulture program. The 2016 theme was based around Fairies Lore and in 2017 we experienced a Gnome Invasion. Our tomatoes are planted all over Mercer Island and beyond!