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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
How educators are empowered to be their best
Once we hire exceptional educators, we empower them. Educators are supported by:
Videos About Our Educators
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.
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.
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.
We welcome prospective parents to join us at an admissions event.