Our educational approach is focused on meeting the individual and diverse needs of every learner; we are, at our core, learner-centered. We have an expansive understanding of education and feel that our responsibility is to educate the whole person, not just their intellect, and to do so in the context of a community of caring relationships. We are committed to ensuring that our students acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to live a meaningful and purpose-driven life and to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We are also committed to guiding our students through the developmental thresholds that they must cross to step fully into their authenticity. We work toward these commitments by engaging in project-based learning (PBL), mentoring, and community collaborations.
Project-based learning: We embrace the full spectrum of PBL, from teacher-initiated and teacher-led to student-initiated and student-led projects. PBL allows students to strengthen their core academic skills in areas such as math, science, language arts, and foreign language while cultivating other essential skills such as collaboration, creativity, and leadership. PBL also gives students the chance to fail in safe and productive ways, leading to authentic learning and growth. PBL gives students ownership in their learning process and teaches them about their strengths and weaknesses.
Mentoring: Every student is paired with a mentor to address academic progress and to foster holistic development. In this relationship, students are engaged in an intentional process of growth and maturation. They are supported to leave behind childhood strategies and behaviors and to navigate the complexities of their adolescence. Students are also helped to celebrate and mark developmental thresholds.
Community collaborations: We rely on our community for their expertise and wisdom and to provide a real-world context for our students’ learning. We engage organizations, businesses, and individuals in our community through service learning projects, internship opportunities, and field trips. We also work to connect students with community mentors who have expertise in the areas that the students are studying. We seek community partners who want to offer their gifts in meaningful, life-giving ways.