In most high schools students enjoy and keep busy with the extracurricular activities – soccer practice, jazz band, cross country running, the debate team, etc. – essentially filling their time outside of classes with interesting things. For many, high school is seen as having two parts: the curricular and the extracurricular. At The Element, the flexibility of the program, the guidance of faculty and the physical learning space allow students to pursue ‘extracurricular’ interests (art, music, debate, current events) as part of their academic work or as part of the flow of their day. The Element is about life, which includes academic learning but is so much more than just that.