|Students are separated by age (grades)
|Students are grouped based on level of independence and flexible academic ability.
|Students are promoted to the next grade after a set amount of time.
|Students are promoted to the next group when they have demonstrated mastery and a level of independence.
|Student learning revolves around content requirements.
|Student learning revolves around conceptual understandings, which contextualize cognitive skills, character strengths, and content.
|Students learn from their teachers and from textbooks
|Students learn from their teachers, peers, and through self-directed blended learning
|Teachers decide what a student should learn and when
|Students learn to set their own goals and weekly schedules with guidance from Advisors
|The school day is divided into subjects
|The school day is divided into self-paced work time (Ownership Time), small group seminars, and project-based learning (Studio Time)
|Students have homework and worksheets to complete after school
|Students set their own goals, and if Ownership Time is used effectively, may complete their goals during the school day
|The school day ends in the early afternoon
|The school day spans from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.,
|The school has an extended-year model that offers breaks throughout a 12-month year
|Parents receive a report card once each quarter
|Parents view student Goal Trackers and attend student-led conferences and Exhibitions
|Student agency and ownership of learning goals reduces stress and increases independence. Relationships are key, with intentional time devoted to social-emotional learning. Our school provides a structured feedback loop between the Lead Advisor, Career & College Advisor, and Content Specialist team for each student.
|Students have transcript of letter grades as evidence of learning
|Students have a curated portfolio and a mastery transcript as evidence of learning