Our model was designed to provide an alternative means of success in attaining a high school diploma. Youth that are disconnected from school and/or work, homeless, aging out of foster care, over aged and under credited, or adjudicated will find that our program provides unyielding support as they reach their full potential. From our flexible scheduling to culturally responsive curriculum/pedagogy to individualized learning plans for students, our school was designed to maximize student engagement and achievement.
Learn by doing real-world projects
Learn at your own pace
Break down barriers to your learning
Project-Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. The project is focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and self-management. The project features real-world context, tasks and tools, quality standards, or impact – or speaks to students’ personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives. Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources, and applying information. Students make their project work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.
Transitioning away from seat time, in favor of a structure that creates flexibility, allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. Competency-based strategies provide flexibility in the way that credit can be earned or awarded, and provide students with personalized learning opportunities. These strategies include online and blended learning, dual enrollment, and project-based, among others. This type of learning leads to better student engagement because the content is relevant to each student and tailored to their unique needs. It also leads to better student outcomes because the pace of learning is customized to each student.
The demands of the 21st century require a new approach to education to fully prepare students for college, career, and citizenship. Research, practice, and common sense confirm that a whole child approach to education will develop and prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow by addressing students' comprehensive needs through the shared responsibility of students, families, schools, and communities. The wraparound services include: