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The AltSchool Approach

We believe schools should prepare each child for their future by developing students’ self-awareness, nurturing their innate capabilities, and fostering collaboration skills through a personalized, whole-child education.

A whole-child, personalized education supports each student as an individual learner


A focus on student agency and reflection fosters a growth mindset and a culture of iteration, which allows students to take ownership over their own learning.


Student leveling, pacing, and grouping affords each child both collectively-shared and individualized learning experiences.

Purposeful and Motivating

An inquiry-driven and real-world inspired learning cycle allows students to construct knowledge and acquire skills around problems and projects that are personally meaningful.

Goal Driven

Ongoing documentation and assessment set the milestone benchmarks from which to discuss growth, gaps, and goal setting.

Personalized goals allow students to participate in their learning

The AltSchool Learning Cycle

The learning cycle is a student-driven representation of how students learn best. It encourages students to take initiative and be actively engaged in their own learning.


Teachers engage students with provocations or essential questions that need to be answered. This gives students a purpose and an awareness of knowledge they want to understand, skills they want to develop, or new interests to explore.


This is the phase where students focus their time on the process of learning. Students investigate the topic through an inquiry-driven research process, building their knowledge of a subject area, applying thinking strategies for tackling challenging problems, and developing habits. They create an external representation of what they have learned, such as a piece of writing, artwork or performance. Feedback during this phase fuels engagement and growth.

Demonstrating to an audience creates accountability and the motivation to complete challenges. Students then reflect on the learning process by asking if they answered the essential question of the unit and how they arrived at that answer.

Milestones organize and help measure thousands of core academic standards and habits.

Academic Breadth

Milestones in academic areas describe what children must know and be able to do across multiple levels of difficulty. They are informed by national standards, including Common Core.

Non-Academic Habits

Habits are the social-emotional skills and thinking strategies students need to be successful learners, doers, and citizens in an ever-changing world.


Regular assessment is essential to personalizing learning for students. Assessing Milestone achievement allows educators to understand students deeply by documenting and analyzing their performance against their personal Goals.

Example Daily Schedule

Every day at AltSchool is carefully planned to ensure a personalized learning experience.
Students practice core skills, investigate areas of interest, and work with peers and teachers to address personalized goals. Our flexible schedule provides time for small group instruction, 1:1 coaching, collaborative project work, and community building activities.

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am: Rolling drop off and AltExplore

    With a flexible drop off schedule, parents can drop off students anytime between 8 am and 9 am. During that block, students focus on individual work. Students enrolled in morning AltExplore classes meet during this hour.

  • 9:00 am - 9:15 am: Morning meeting

    A typical day includes a morning meeting, where students connect, share, and review the day’s schedule.

  • 9:15 am - 11:30 am: Core skills learning blocks

    Many classes schedule one or two learning blocks during this time to work on core skills. A learning block may include individual, small group, or classwide instruction on a particular subject like math, language arts, or science.

  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Lunch and PE

    Students have PE and/or recess period every day. Schools utilize local parks and playgrounds to ensure students play and experience the outdoors.

  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Project-based learning

    Many classes schedule one or two learning blocks during this time to focus on classwide or individual projects.

  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: AltExplore

    We offer AltExplore extended day, community enrichment, and world language classes between 3 pm and 6 pm. Sessions may include, music, athletics, coding, and more.

Exceptional Educators

AltSchool educators are passionate and creative, inspiring a love of learning in students every day. With over 5,000 applications for 80 teaching positions, we are fortunate to hire some of the best educators from across the globe.
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How we hire our educators

Through a rigorous hiring process, we evaluate educators in six main categories that align with our approach. The AltSchool educator:

  • Listens to and appreciates each student as an individual
  • Guides the development of social-emotional skills through class activities, individual goal setting, and 1:1 coaching
  • Uses Academic Milestones to plan and assess a well-rounded education
  • Creates hands-on learning experiences through projects and community experiences
  • Partners with parents to best support their children
  • Uses technology to enhance in-person learning, not replace it

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Technology Transforms the School Experience

When used purposefully, technology enhances the education experience. By streamlining certain tasks, teachers can spend more quality time with students, schools and classrooms can run more efficiently, and parents can quickly and easily communicate with teachers. We believe technology can never replace human relationships or experiential, in-person learning. Instead, it is a tool to support the growth of each individual student.

Through AltSchool’s tools, students manage their own projects and assignments, teachers personalize and assess student activities, and parents connect with their child’s learning experiences.

Student Tool: Playlist

A Playlist is a customized to-do list for students to manage their work. Educators curate a Playlist for each student. Within the Playlist, students can view their assignments, communicate with their teacher, and submit their work. Educators can then provide feedback and assess student work. The majority of student work is completed off screen; students mainly use the Playlist to manage and document their work.

Teacher Tool: Progression

Progression provides a comprehensive portrait of a student's progress in math, language arts, and social-emotional development. It tracks a student’s practice and trajectory against Milestones in core skills and Habits, and gives educators a rich view of past learning experiences, patterns, successes, and areas that need support. Insights from Progression inform how an educator plans future learning experiences and sets goals.

Parent App: my.altschool

my.altschool provides parents a view into their child’s classroom experience. Parents see regular updates about their child’s growth and their individual work. Parents also receive classwide, school-wide, and network-wide news and announcements from AltSchool.

The app also allows parents to quickly and easily manage logistics and scheduling, whether that’s communicating with their child’s teacher or reporting an absence. It also provides important school resources, like weekly calendars and parent/student directories.