The Art and Science of Creative Thinking

There’s an art and science to creative thinking? Tell me more.

We’re glad you asked. (By the way, curiosity is a key trait of creative thinkers!) At Bixby School we believe deeply in the art and science of creative thinking. We nourish it, support it, cultivate it and constantly celebrate it. But it’s important you know that this concept is not something we simply came up with here on our Boulder campus. A myriad of education, psychology and philosophy experts are shouting it from the rooftops and offering up insights about how to help learners grow.

What does “Creative Thinking” really mean?

It doesn’t mean you have to be an artist or musician. This is about much more than traditional “creativity.”

It’s about opening your brain and your curiosity to all kinds of input, to relish the idea of not knowing, and being passionate about finding out “the why.”

At Bixby School we empower our students to lean in to the traits that make us creative thinkers.

How does creative thinking come to life at Bixby?

Our teachers and faculty work right alongside our students – as creative thinkers ourselves – exploring the world, breathing deeply, collaborating, debating and always asking deeper and bigger questions. We help our students to become passionate listeners, thinkers, problem solvers, leaders and people.  We cheer as loudly for them as they swim across our pool as we cheer for unlocking a scientific mystery,

“Yes!” is one of our favorite words.

Enter our school and you’ll feel the “Bixby buzz.” A joyful hum of students of all ages participating, being in the moment, engaging with others, saying “Yes” to all kinds of new experiences. Here, we are enthusiastic about it all – learning, living with gusto, playing, falling down, getting up and everything in between.

Our small class sizes and extraordinary staff mean huge opportunities.

As our students study in small class sizes they gain powerful voices—speaking up for themselves, leading their peers, and never being afraid to collaborate or ask others for help. There is no “lecturing” here —only energetic group exploration, where every voice is heard and collaborative problem solving is a must. Our teachers are as extraordinary as our students. One of our science teachers came to us from NASA, our music teacher joined us after a career as an opera singer, and each of our faculty have chosen to teach here because it is a place where they can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of our students and in our community.