We value play as an essential component of learning. Play is the natural way for all mammals, especially humans, to explore their surroundings, experiment, and learn. Playful learning and games are an important component of our educational approach. Through participating, analyzing, and creating games, students develop a variety of attitudes and skills:   









There are opportunities for both free and guided play. Students are given the opportunity to socialize during their breaks and are encouraged to design playful experiences. These interactions have a major part in the development of our school's social culture. There are also opportunities for guided play throughout the week. Our team uses their expertise with both gamification and game-based learning to use games as effective educational vehicles. At Catalyst, we recognize that a playful approach fosters the engagement and joy necessary in helping our students learn.

Here's a great reference on the topic:

Peter Gray "The Decline of Play"

For more information please check out the clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (August 2018):

"The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children"


  • Social emotional learning and sportsmanship

  • Systems thinking

  • Mathematical thinking

  • Communications skills

  • Design thinking