Our students plan and prepare to move on to college or vocational goals. With small classes and lots of teacher collaboration, we emphasize academic achievement and maximizing potential!
All students participate in:
- English and Social Studies in a Humanities blend
- Math (at individual pace)
- Science, and
- Design thinking in STEM (middle school) or Digital Storytelling (high school) with
- Toastmasters (public speaking)
Courses may be taken at honors, regular, or modified levels. Both campuses share teachers and content, with whole-group Friday activities.
Our model allows for:
- Students to focus deeply on three subjects daily (M/W or T/Th) and to have math practice all four days (see block schedule below)
- Streamlined support to develop executive functioning skills
- Varied strategies to demonstrate learning
- Emphasis on reflection, bell-to-bell learning, student direction of learning
- Self-reflection and opportunities to develop personal strengths and interests
- Inclusion of Habits of Success (like grit!)
Fridays in the Community
Being “place-based” means connecting with the community. Technology can isolate or lessen the sense of community.
LEADPrep forges community within its walls and within the community. Fridays are spent in service, on field trips, with guest speakers, and in nature.
Being connected to and a part of “our place” is a priority.
Emphasis on Leadership
We know that in today’s world change is happening at an unprecedented rate. Our teens need a foundation of ethical leadership, self-awareness, and the ability to think deeply to navigate the seas of change.
LEADPrep provides the small class size and support essential for students to take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
- Design thinking using real-world situations
- 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity
- Wellness strategies and habits (mindfulness, self-advocacy, reflection….)
- How to become excellent orators through Toastmasters’ Gavel Club
- The importance of collaboration and how teams work
- How to interact with peers, and discover their own potential
- Personal accountability
Eloquence Gavel Club
The Toastmasters program is an integral part of the LEADPrep leadership curriculum. Successful leaders have the ability to communicate effectively, and this public speaking program helps young people build skills to become tomorrow’s leaders in business, industry, and the community.
The unique workshop-style design enables participants to develop leadership potential through practical experience. Toastmasters is an enjoyable learning experience!
Participants Learn to:
- Overcome nervousness when speaking before an audience
- Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly
- Listen carefully to others’ ideas
- Offer advice to help others improve their speaking and leadership skills
- Participate in and lead group discussion or meetings
- Increase their self-confidence as they learn
International Leadership and Service Learning Trip
Every spring our students participate in a service/leadership “Week without Walls.” Locally, Mountains to Sound Greenway leads us in environmental conservation service.
Many years we offer our students an international extended service learning trip. Applying their social justice (and often Spanish) learning in another country is a powerful experience!
Trips in our first five years have included Guatemala and Nicaragua. A Me-to-We service trip to Tanzania’s Free the Children village is being considered for March of 2019.
- Practice leadership in action
- Give back with gratitude, recognizing our position of privilege in the world
- Understand core human needs and rights
- Foster social justice and a desire for lifelong service
- Develop appreciation of cultural differences and similarities
- Two teachers accompany the students; parents and other adults are welcome
See photos from these adventures on our Facebook page!
While students may enroll throughout the school year, we operate on a traditional September through June schedule.