Explore and Test Ideas in Real-World Situations

We believe that when students are excited to learn, that enthusiasm translates into a genuine love of learning. Our curriculum enables students to take a hands-on approach to their education which, in turn, delivers authentic learning experiences and develops critical problem-solving skills that will serve them well through their entire academic life.

As part of our quest to engage young minds, we have created spaces that emphasize the use of each student’s imagination and creativity to foster a sense of inquiry and excitement about the curriculum. These spaces are used to focus the mind yet give students the freedom to express themselves and take risks in and beyond the classroom.

A Model for Creativity and Innovation

Rippowam Cisqua uses the Torrance Incubation Model of Creative Teaching and Learning (TIM) as one foundational concept for our curricular focus on imagination and innovation in learning. The TIM Model takes the student through three key stages:

Using the model, students learn to:

Predict, imagine and explore things that do not yet exist. By glimpsing the future, they are free to wonder and dream about the possibilities and view events as open-ended.

Be flexible in their thinking. Students understand there are many ways to the right answer and are therefore open to listening to and creating alternative ideas. Additionally, they gain the ability to see things from a different visual and psychological

Experience out of the box thinking. Their openness allows original ideas to flow and frees them from habits that may limit their potential.

Display empathy. Students are able to observe and respond appropriately to verbal and non-verbal cues so that they gain a better understanding of people and situations.

Innovation Spaces Focus the Mind

The Imagination Space

For younger students, Rippowam Cisqua created an Imagination Space where students, face weekly challenges that train them how to think differently. Using academic play as a backdrop, students enthusiastically take part in problem-solving and goal-setting exercises.

The Innovation Center

The Innovation Center gives our older students a space to explore their ideas, manipulate real-world materials, and test new technology. Through interdisciplinary projects, students use this highly collaborative environment to enhance their understanding of the curriculum through a hands-on approach using modern equipment.

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  • 2,400 square foot light-filled space

    The Innovation Center opens directly to a new outdoor amphitheater through three sets of folding glass doors that open like an accordion up to 14 feet wide.
  • Flexible work zones

    The perimeter of the main space has communal workbenches that are equipped with various hand tools, while the center is set up for instruction and presentations with group tables that are adjustable in height. There is enough open space to allow for a robotics test area, too.
  • Hand tools

    All the power tools you would find in a wood shop, such as saws, drill press, routers, and lots of hand tools. These are great for teaching students to work with tools safely and build projects from raw materials.
  • Modern fabricating machinery

    CNC cutter, laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutter. These tools require designs generated on the computer so they make teaching students digital design much more rewarding and fun.
  • Two additional workshops

    Separated from the main space by a glass wall, are two 310 square foot workshops where computer-based or smaller group work can be done in a quieter setting.
  • Welding station

    Similar to woodworking, welding allows students the opportunity to fabricate strong designs from raw materials.
Lower Campus (PreK-Grade 4)
325 West Patent Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
phone: (914) 244-1200
Upper Campus (Grades 5-9)
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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