We know that the teen brain is wired to take risks and that a challenging environment that cultivates curiosity, trying new things, and a warm, welcoming community provides teenagers with many healthy opportunities to take healthy risks.
We believe students must feel comfortable and safe taking risks and that learning happens best in the context of genuine relationships.
Our teachers understand that students get far more out of learning through authentic experiences rather than those that are contrived. We strive to provide our students with curricula that make effective connections to the real world.
Additionally, our curriculum is built on an interdisciplinary foundation, and even though we choose to focus with greater specificity in a number of key areas--for example in STEM, Humanities, World Languages, and the Arts--breaking down the arbitrary boundaries between subject areas is a key component of our approach to teaching and learning.