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Notes for Prospective Students
, we believe a
world-class education should be:Child-CenteredChildren are
naturally curious and capable learners.
We believe school should
help children to drive their own education, tying learning to
real-world motivations and interests.
AltSchool teachers curate the
learning experience in partnership with students and parents,
allowing children to learn at their own pace and in the way they
The world is captivating and interconnected; our lives are
At AltSchool, we allow multiple
disciplines to come together in the learning process rather than
relying on artificial separation between subjects.
students to learn by doing, we promote cross-functional innovation
and a deeper level of understanding.
We view time with our students as precious and want them to get the
most out of their education.
So we work together to set high
expectations for students and teachers.
We benchmark ourselves to
standards and global best practices, and foster a culture that
encourages ongoing reflection and improvement.
We build the
educational experience around these goals.
Within each classroom,
students benefit from a low student-teacher ratio and a supportive,
We provide teachers with the tools,
flexibility, and support to create an effective and engaging
Through a partnership between students,
teachers, parents, and the AltSchool team, our efforts are always
focused on delivering the best learning experience for our
Our curriculum is adaptive to student abilities, interests, and
Children are able to question, collaborate,
reflect, and think deeply in areas that matter to them.
support learning and goal setting through carefully curated
activities, projects, and assessments.
Engaging instruction meets
each student at his or her level, through project-based and
self-paced learning. We carefully assess AltSchool
students’ reading fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary,
and writing at the beginning of the year and on an ongoing basis.
The results of these assessments combined with teacher observations
help us closely target activities to a child’s current level
and make sure that lessons are successfully helping a child
In addition to building reading and writing skills
through interdisciplinary work, we also use leading tools, such as
Reading and Writing Project, 6+1 Traits, Handwriting Without Tears,
Sitton Spelling and Word Skills, Leveled Readers and high interest
fiction and nonfiction books as components of a Personal Learning
AltSchool’s approach to math emphasizes conceptual
understanding and adaptive reasoning.
We use both quantitative and
qualitative assessments to find a child’s current level and
pursue advancement along a measurable continuum of learning.
developing personalized instruction in mathematics, we draw from
programs such as Everyday Mathematics, Singapore Math, First in
Math, and LearnZillion.
AltSchool introduces math concepts in
recurring interdisciplinary contexts, through level-appropriate
activities and exercises.
For example, geometry might surface in
describing the composition of a flower, or the connection between a
swing and its chain, or the structure of a honeycomb, or the
evolution of an expanding circular wave, or the creative harmony in
a Mondrian painting.
Such exposure to concepts better reflects how
the world works and provides a solid foundation for innovative,
flexible, and effective thinking.
Social and emotional growth is an important component of an
AltSchool student’s education.
Teachers, students and parents
work together to set age-appropriate goals in areas such as
self-regulation, conflict resolution, perspective taking,
cooperation, leadership and resilience.
Progress is documented
through teacher narratives and age-appropriate self-assessment.
Visual and performing arts are deeply integrated into
Students work with specialists in art
and music, in addition to meeting and collaborating with artists
through AltSchool’s Expert in Residence program.
Art is also
used in interdisciplinary projects as one way that students can
document and share what they have learned.
Physical fitness at AltSchool is designed to inspire long-term
interest in health and fitness.
Outdoor play and movement are
incorporated each day and age-appropriate activities such as dance,
swimming, sports, and yoga are part of the AltSchool experience.
Students gain an understanding of nutrition and health and are
encouraged to develop a passion for movement.
At AltSchool, technology is a tool we incorporate throughout
projects and activities as appropriate, rather than a separate
Students learn to be thoughtful and adept users of
technology and have the opportunity to learn computer programming,
robotics, and engineering.
AltSchool students learn Spanish at an age-appropriate level and
develop an understanding of linguistic structure that informs
future language study.
AltSchool emphasizes the importance of ongoing evaluation and
We reference global standards, best practices, and
scientific studies to determine what drives classroom learning,
behaviors, and satisfaction.
On an ongoing basis, we evaluate
ourselves in our ability to deliver a world-class education.
end goal is always to provide an experience for our students that
is personal, fulfilling, and a foundation for a lifelong love of
empowers students to be the drivers of their learning.
curriculum is flexible and emerges from children's ideas,
observations, and learning goals.
The role of the teacher is to
nurture and further that process while observing how each
individual child approaches learning and interacts with others.