Our mission is founded and sustained by an education program that provides authentic real-world work. This work will be informed by community needs and led by students. Students claim ownership of their academic progress by designing and personalizing standards-based educational experiences in order to fulfill a genuine need in the community.
Students develop agency by identifying community needs and using these needs as opportunities to solve problems with a fresh and reasoned application of academic and technical skills. Competencies in the required applications will be guided by educators and informed by the Common Core State Standards for English and Mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards. We will integrate school and community concerns so that all learning is grounded in an authentic purpose.
"Students must have purpose. Students must have agency. This gives them a reason to be there. This gives them hope and a stable foundation which are prerequisites to students being able to learn skills and content."
— Parent & Educator, CDT Meeting 11 (02.28.18)
CO-CREATED WITH COMMUNITY
Co-creation is central to our design as it ensures that students feel a sense of ownership and reasoned purpose. Our instructional approach is dynamic; the co-creation process ensures that instruction and learning is always personally, culturally, and civically relevant. Every lesson, every course, every project has meaning to the individual student and to her community. This is guaranteed because nothing is designed or planned or implemented in isolation from the learners.
Students are the engines of learning in all the academic subjects areas as they work to recognize and assess real community needs. They are motivated to learn in order to design solutions for meaningful and innovative change. This community-responsive curriculum demands varied competencies, and all competencies in any field are acquired through applied practice. A student-led instructional approach integrates applied practice of all academic fields by grounding learning in student-designed projects.
GUIDED BY EDUCATORS
Revolutionary, humanist educators allow learners to discover and construct new knowledge themselves. Our educators will guide applied practice in all academic fields to strengthen the student-designed curriculum and to support the acquisition of requisite skills. This commitment to truly collaborative work provides the challenges and opportunities that are necessary for revelatory self-constructed agency and learning.