A Dynamic Education
Our students thrive in a dynamic learning environment, becoming competent, confident learners who maintain a true joy for learning.
A Personal Learning Program
Active. Engaging. Personal. Creative. Relevant.
- Every Week: Field Trips / Music / Art / Projects / STEM / Coding (Levels 3-8)
- Regularly: Workshops / Cultural Events / Hands-on Projects / Community Service
- After School Activities: Yes
Levels & Schools
Building a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Our philosophy of education is simple.
A Student-Centered Approach
As they continue through the Levels, students become familiar with many different approaches to learning and are encouraged to find answers for themselves. For example, we expect them to conduct a science experiment, not just watch a teacher do it and take notes. We bring experts into the classroom and take students on field trips to interact with professionals and to ask questions. Our students learn by doing: visiting, talking to experts, asking questions, experimenting, drawing, testing and designing – not just by reading textbooks.
Students work on social skills and soft skills, too: getting along with others, collaborating, sharing, communicating well, and managing relationships with others. Additionally, we orient new learners to the school culture of doing one's best, treating others well, learning to set goals and striving to achieve those goals with self-determination.
Involving Parents. Empowering Students.
Levels vs. Grades
2. Each of a series of stages of increasing difficulty through which a player may progress, completing one stage in order to reach the next.
Seat Time vs. Engaged Learning
Our program avoids these pitfalls by making learning the constant and time the variable. In other words, we ask each learner to demonstrate mastery of a topic before they move on to the next one -- thus avoiding any educational holes that will cause a student to stumble on higher materials. As a result, quick learners can fly ahead but when they hit a subject of greater challenge they can slow down and take the time to truly understand and master the topic.
How does this work in the classroom?
A Natural Way to Learn
What Parents Say
Learning How to Learn
The Right Attitude
Somewhere along the line every learner faces a challenge or confusion in a particular topic. Having great study skills helps. A teacher that is available to each individual and easy to talk to is also very helpful. Our teachers seek to nurture each learner's resilience and persistence, fostering a willingness to work hard, rise to challenges and realize, "OK, I know I can get this; I just haven't gotten it yet."
Meeting High Standards
1) If a student is struggling in a subject and needs more help than the teacher can address in the classroom setting, the teacher can send the student to Standards for extra one-on-one help.
2) All exams are administered in Standards, including the final portfolio review required for graduation from a Level.
Standards staff are an important part of each student's support team.
Preparing for the Future