• What you'll learn

    • Day school students of all ages spend about 5% of their time on each of the following areas.

       

      (Students in all other programs focus on the ones that interest them most)

       

      Wellness

      Fitness & sports

      Get some exercise, stay fit, and become a better team player

      Nature & community

      Get out in to the world rather than cooped up in a classroom all day

      Mental wellness

      Get in touch with your thoughts and feelings & learn how to manage them

      Reflection & planning

      Look back on what you've done well and how you could, and set goals for the future

      Self improvement

      Learn how to be productive, successful and financially responsible

      Art

      Learn how to use art as a channel for expression, inspiration and connection

      Food studies

      Learn how to eat healthily and prepare healthy, delicious meals

    • Awareness

      Science

      Learn why the universe works the way it does, and how to use that knowledge to understand global problems

      History & culture

      Learn how we got here, what our ancestors learned along the way, and how people around the world live

      Current events & politics

      Learn what's going on in your community & world, and how to be a good citizen

    • Impact

      Problem solving

      Learn how to find the root cause of any problem, and how to brainstorm and test out solutions

      Mathematics

      Learn how to gather and analyze data to gain a deeper understanding of anything

      Tech & design

      Learn how technology works, how to design good products, and what the future of tech means for us

      Entrepreneurship

      Learn how to scale a solution to a problem sustainably and make a broader impact

      Writing

      Learn how to communicate with, engage and inspire people via writing

      Speaking & listening

      Learn how to do the same via public speaking, listen deeply and ask good questions

    • Why is it different from other schools?

       

      While other schools are theoretical, Leader School is deeply practical.

      Other schools ask students to memorize a bunch of information and hope some of it will be useful in the future - and that they'll remember it at that time. But research in neuroscience has shown that this is simply not the way our brains work: we need to regularly use what we learn in order for it to really stick.

      So instead, students at Leader School are constantly directly applying their learning, either to their own lives or to projects that aim to make a real impact in their communities.

       

      We think our curriculum stacks up quite well when compared to the curriculum of more traditional schools. Here's a closer look:

      Math

       

      Instead of learning math from a textbook, our students' math learning focuses on gathering and analyzing data as a tool for making an impact with their projects.

       

      While other schools hope that student's learning of math will make them better problem solvers, our students learn problem solving directly, as its own subject.

       

      And while other schools hope that some of what students learn in math may someday be useful to them in the business world, our students learn that directly as well, through our entrepreneurship subject.

       

      Science

       

      Instead of learning the sciences from textbooks and memorizing it for tests, Leader School students learn about science as it relates to real challenges the world is facing: like climate change, natural disasters, and epidemic diseases.

      Our students also learn about chemistry and biology in an applied form through food studies. And they learn about psychology in an applied form through mental wellness.

       

      English

       

      Instead of learning how to write formal academic papers, Leader School students learn how to communicate in ways that are more relevant to the real world in their writing subject & in their speaking and listening subject.

       

      History & government

       

      When Leader School students learn about history, they're encouraged to constantly think about how it connects to our culture and the world we live in today. And instead of learning about how government works in theory, our students learn how government is working today and how they can be involved, through our current events & politics subject.

       

      The arts

       

      Leader School agrees that an appreciation of art, expression and beauty is integral to being a well-rounded human being, so our students also have a subject for art. Students' opportunity to experience a feeling of connection to the world and appreciation for beauty does not end there, as they're also able to experience that in our nature & community subject. And our students are able to learn how aesthetic principles apply to building great products, through our tech & design subject.

       

      Foreign language

       

      While it can be helpful to learn a foreign language, we do not believe that all students must learn a foreign language in order to become a well-rounded adult.

       

      Indeed, our research has found that most students who learn foreign languages wind up not using and forgetting them. One study, for example, found that just 0.7% of people still regularly speak the foreign language they learned in high school. So while learning a foreign language certainly can be beneficial, it’s clearly not very useful to most students.

       

      That said, since Leader School has no required homework, parents and students are also welcome to use some of their out-of-school time using one of the many excellent apps and software for language learning.

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