It’s a whole new world out there.
The sheer amount of information available today calls for us to go far beyond the conventional “one size fits all” approach to education. At AltSchool, we’ve reimagined the entire educational experience from the ground up. We’re preparing our children for the future by offering them:
Personalized Learning Plans
Children are naturally curious and capable learners. Our Personalized Learning Plans help them drive their own education through their real-world motivations and interests. AltSchool teachers curate our rigorous curriculum in partnership with students and parents, allowing children to learn at their own pace and in the ways they learn best. Read about how we personalize education from our founder, Max Ventilla.
The world itself is captivating and interconnected. At AltSchool, we encourage interdisciplinary learning and avoid artificial separation between subjects. Encouraging students to learn by doing, we promote a deeper level of understanding. Teaching may originate in the classroom, but will continue on trips throughout the community, at home, or even on family vacations (which are welcomed throughout the year).
AltSchool is building a network of micro-schools because we understand that children thrive under the nurturing warmth of a community. Our “village” is made up of inspiring teachers who co-learn with their students, asking questions, discovering connections and exploring relationships (with a low 8:1 student-teacher ratio in the classroom). Our schoolhouses are supported by deep parent involvement, and active use of the best people and places that local areas have to offer.
Whole Child Development
We agree with the research: social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical to student success in school and in life. AltSchool balances academic rigor with an emphasis on growing good citizens. We help our students to become self-aware and to develop the skills for good decision-making. Throughout, we encourage the grit, resilience, confidence and social engagement necessary for happiness and success in the 21st century.
While our students’ capacity for growth is huge, our time with them is precious. We set high expectations for that time, providing teachers with the tools, flexibility and support they need to best focus on their students. We benchmark ourselves to high standards and global best practices to drive continuous improvement.