Academic rigor has been a characteristic of Stargate's Elementary School program since the school's founding. We expect our students to master the basics. At the same time, we try not to confuse rote and repetition with true teaching and active, engaged learning. We encourage creativity and discovery, whether in a science lab, a computer class, or the art studio. During this period when children are most curious and have myriad interests, we help them search for patterns and relationships and contemplate social responsibilities. We study subjects in depth and from many directions. Field trips help children connect school experiences to the world around them. Literature and mathematics can be part of the study of science and social studies.