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Our Learner-Centered Focus

At AltSchool, we strive to cultivate a lifelong love of learning. Our educators design personalized, whole-child learning experiences based on a deep understanding of each learner’s interests, strengths, and needs. Our students acquire the knowledge, strength of character, creativity, and drive to advocate for themselves and impact the modern world.

Learn more about AltSchool’s curricular approach.

AltSchool Learning Cycle

The AltSchool Learning Cycle facilitates student agency by encouraging students to take initiative in their learning. Our educators leverage this cycle to design dynamic project-based learning experiences geared toward student interests.

Phase 1: Motivate

Seeking answers gives students purpose. Our educators pose provocations and essential questions to help students frame the skills they’ll need to develop to accomplish their goals.

Phase 2: Construct

By investigating topics through inquiry-driven research, students deepen their subject-area knowledge and develop thinking strategies. To practice skills and habits, they create artifacts of their learning.

Meet Our Students

Poppy's Milestones:

Academic: 
Reading Literature
Social
Emotional:
Growth
Mindset

Meet Poppy

Kindergarten

Curious and imaginative, Poppy loves language and puns. Having the autonomy to choose her own books during reading workshop has helped Poppy to deepen her love for reading. During a class-wide biome project, she partnered with a classmate on a design-thinking challenge to create a device that would help clean ocean animals affected by an oil spill. Their design was influenced by Poppy’s deep empathy for animals. Whether spelling, drawing, or designing, Poppy likes to get things right the first time. This term, she’s made significant progress in reframing non-perfection as an opportunity for learning.

Kaue's Milestones:

Academic: 
Map Construction
Social
Emotional:
Persistence

Meet Kaue

5th Grade

Kaue is passionate about history and sports, so a class-wide study on Ancient Greece and the Olympics was a perfect fit. To relate their studies to modern life, the class worked with a professional game designer to create their own games. The process required patience and compromise as students iterated toward their final artifacts. Kaue’s model combined modern-day pinball and the ancient sport of archery.

Next, students examined the bidding process that cities go through to host the modern Olympics. After researching their cities, students created scale models of their own Olympic stadiums, incorporating guidance from a design expert. Kaue suggested a few Greek myths that the class then studied in depth as the unit bridged History and English Language Arts.

Viktoria's Milestones:

Academic: 
Writing
Arguments
Social
Emotional:
Social Intelligence

Meet Viktoria

6th Grade

Playful and reflective, Viktoria has broad interests ranging from photography to rock climbing. Viktoria served as campaign manager for a whole-class election project that incorporated Language Arts, Computer Science, Math, and Social Studies. In this role, she helped her candidate write speeches and create a tax plan that addressed local and national issues. During this project-based learning unit, Viktoria and her classmates formed small groups to analyze math problems and practice taking on different roles within team environments. AltSchool’s classrooms are flexibly designed for use in ways that best suit students’ learning preferences. Viktoria enjoys using the whiteboard to see her work unfold while working on math problems.

The AltSchool Platform

Together with a growing community of forward-thinking schools across the country, we’re building a comprehensive platform to put students at the center of their learning. Rooted in educational research, our technology helps educators create learning environments where students can thrive.

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