Our Approach and Our Courses
We recognize students as individuals with unique needs, interests, and learning styles. Therefore our classes have a creative and flexible approach and take into consideration developmental needs. Particularly high school courses are based on mainstream scientific research and theories and may integrate peace, justice, diversity and sustainability studies with the core subjects.
We serve in this Co-op to nurture and protect the passion and enthusiasm in learning inherent in so many young people. We intentionally aim at supporting our high school students to find their voice, be authentic and to connect with their abilities to make an impact on the world around them.
We do not keep academic records, prescribe curricula, or assign grades, and respect the individual learning process with its unique unfolding. Families who participate in our program retain full responsibility for their children’s education.
Our teaching style prioritizes cooperation over an authoritarian stand.
Teaching teams consist of 2 teachers: they can share the responsibility of presenting a course or they can split responsibilities: main teacher and supporting teacher. The idea is of “many hands making light work” and of contributing to ease in case of absences/vacation when/if needed. Teens are welcome to be part of teaching teams if they so choose.