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Summary: Open Meadow successfully re-engages disconnected youth in their education, providing academic and support services to those at high risk of dropping out of school. Our mission is to educate youth in small, relationship-based programs that emphasize personal responsibility, academics, and service to the community. All students work toward high school graduation in a setting that respects and encourages that all students have minds of their own. We encourage students to explore the world, from arts and community to technology and the environment in hopes that they discover the fire that propels them forward.
Summary: Our mission is to create a resource-rich safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development.
Our School at Blair Grocery (OSBG) is an independent alternative school and sustainability education center based in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. With the teenagers in our high school and neighborhood afterschool program, we operate an experiential curriculum that incorporates sustainability thinking and GED-prep into the work of ending hunger, and building a profitable community food enterprise and a regional food economy to drive sustainable community development in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. As educators and social entrepreneurs, we are guided by the principles of Backwards Design, the concept that, to be successful in designing a unit or class, planning a project, or implementing large scale social and cultural change, the educator/ entrepreneur must begin with the end point "the enduring understanding” - in mind.
Summary: The New American Academy has two radical approached to early childhood education -- teaching teams and the open classroom. Through the use of semi-autonomous, four-person teaching teams, the school encourages and supports continuous innovation. Students learn from an early age to explore the world around them through collaborative inquiry and an interdisciplinary curriculum, which emphasizes small group activity and peer-to-peer learning.
Summary: Since its founding, Peninsula's mission has been to foster the development of the whole child by promoting creativity, independence, joy of learning, personal responsibility, and self-esteem, as well as academic excellence. The success of this mission has depended upon the creation of an "extended family" of children, faculty, and parents. Teachers and parents provide the guidance, trust and unconditional support necessary for children to experiment and learn about themselves and their world.
Summary: The school's primary objective is to offer courses that are fun and engaging as well as educative, based around Jacques Delors' four pillars of education - increasing knowledge, turning ideas into activity, being a part of the global community and having meaningful experiences. Offering courses in creative areas, such as advertising, sports journalism and professional cooking, alongside more business-minded options such as digital literacy and consumer behaviour, the teaching is designed to be highly interactive, with the ideas of students being integrated into lesson plans as much as those of the tutor.
Through its Project 1:1, Perestroika also teaches a free class to a child from a disadvantaged background for every student that signs up.
Summary: Puget Sound Community School was founded on the principle that learning is best fostered by self-motivation, self-regulation, and self-reflection. We believe that people become empowered by being free to pursue the knowledge they want to possess, by learning how to ask significant questions, and by structuring their time and activities as they best see fit. In this way, PSCS promotes the development of critical and creative thinking in students and helps them strengthen their sense of authority over what they study. The central educational purpose of PSCS, and the basis of our curriculum, is to help students learn to use their minds well while becoming thoughtful, sincere, and respectful global citizens.
Summary: Salmonberry is a WA State-approved private elementary school and an independent preschool serving children ages 3-10, on Orcas Island. Founded in 2001, Salmonberry School offers a holistic learning experience that nurtures the intellectual and imaginative capabilities of each child. We provide an academically and experientially rich environment in which confidence, compassion, and responsibility are strengthened through cooperative community learning. Our curriculum is rich in language, literature, science, craft, and the arts and our school community is based on mutual support and respect among students, teachers, and families.
Summary: The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. SLA is an inquiry-driven, public high school focused on 21st century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006, and focuses on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.
Summary: Seacoast Charter School is an arts integrated public elementary charter school. The school was founded with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in 2004, beginning with 8 students. In the ensuing years, we have grown to 232 students in grades K-8. We have added full-day Kindergarten for 2011. We are also beginning to look beyond the walls of our school to connect with the community in new and different ways.
Summary: SEI is dedicated to guiding underserved youth to realize their full potential. Working with schools, families, and community organizations, SEI provides opportunities for personal and academic success, bringing hope to individual young people and enhancing the quality of community life.
Summary: The purpose of the school of social justice is to assure that all students become critical thinkers through a curriculum that is rigorous, innovative, and implemented through meaningful school relationships. Our belief in self-determination inspired a community to act on its convictions to affirm its right to a quality education. Through a system of support, guidance, and accountability our students will graduate high school, be prepared for college and implement a post secondary plan. Our students will cherish and preserve their ethnic and cultural identity, will serve and determine the future of our community, and will have a passion for peace, justice and the dignity of all people.
Summary: Our school is an extraordinary educational opportunity in a family atmosphere and an idyllic setting - the beautiful San Juan Islands, only 70 miles north of Seattle. The keys to our success are inspirational teachers and small classes, allowing individualized instruction and fostering swift academic and personal growth and readiness for university studies. SSIS is committed to not only preparing students for success in college but also helping them develop into young men and women with a deep sense of honor, integrity and compassion.
The school seeks to promote a balance for students between an intensive academic program and experiential education, including field trips, wilderness experiences and an overseas program.
Summary: When the school day begins at Open World Learning Community(OWL), you'll find students and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds sharing a common goal: the desire to discuss, explore, investigate and learn. It is a world designed for student-centered learning - a place where innovative programs and hands-on methods encourage curiosity and discovery. You will hear students and teachers having real conversations about their lives, beyond tests and homework. Each of our 400 students is known and respected, and exclusive cliques scarcely exist. This is the OWL community.
Summary: At STAR school, we believe that learning doesn't stop when students walk out of the school. To be truly successful, we all need to continue to learn throughout our lifetime. We want our students to become enthusiastic and independent learners with a healthy thirst for knowledge and ability to find answers to their questions. Therefore, STAR School teachers assist students by example and through planned activities to develop their intrinsic motivation to learn.
Summary: We are a community of learners where everyone is engaged in meaningful work. Our unique approach to capturing the energy and interests of young people through apprenticeship in the adult world promotes learning through productive action. Our attention to a culture of community, quality and caring ensures the safe environment necessary for growth to take place. The development of Individualized Learning Plans for each student ensures that we are meeting the needs of all learners, that the curriculum is designed around how people learn, and that a student's engagement is based on his or her passion.
Summary: The Brooklyn Free School (BFS) practices the principles of democratic education in a small school setting with a diverse group of youth and families from the surrounding Brooklyn and New York City neighborhoods. The school strives to provide a multi-disciplinary, reality-based/project-based and applied learning approach to further the student's understanding and appreciation of interests that they are pursuing. While an independent school, BFS offers a sliding scale tuition to make the school affordable for all interested families.
Summary: The Calhoun School is a progressive, independent school in New York City with 670 students from age 3 through grade 12. Amidst the competitive school culture of NYC, Calhoun proudly practices experiential, progressive education that "attends to the intellectual, emotional and social growth of its students as individuals and as members of a larger society." Calhoun's goal is to inspire a passion for learning through a progressive approach to education that values intellectual pursuit, creativity, diversity and community involvement.
Summary: Selecting a school for your child is among the most important decisions you will make as a parent. The College School is exceptionally well crafted to address the academic needs of today's students, but more importantly, we excel in addressing the emotional and developmental needs of children. Fundamentally, we believe the most important goal of a quality school is to help develop exceptionally positive self-images and to inspire children to want to learn - not just in school, but throughout their lifetimes. We strive to help young people become confident, healthy, constructive, talented and well-adjusted young adults.
Summary: Opening in August of 2012, the Field Academy is an academically rigorous, two-year residential high school for 20 juniors and 20 seniors. Our design and academic curriculum have two main features: (a) a sustainable farm campus; and (b) extensive travel throughout the United States. In both settings, we investigate what surrounds us: on the farm, we study the environmental, political, and social implications of being part of an ecosystem; on the road, we explore historical, literary, artistic, and scientific disciplines to deepen our understanding of American identity and citizenship.
Summary: The Girls' Middle School in Mountain View, California is an independent school offering a project-based, hands-on learning experience for girls in grades 5 through 8. Believing that girls need special support and attention especially during the middle school years, GMS is a place where each girl "discovers her strengths and expresses her voice while respecting the contributions of others."