Most schools today, in the 21st century, employ the same type of schedules for education that were used way back in the 19th century! Micro-schools have the benefit of being able to use time as a tool – and to create ways for students to delve deeply into non-traditional subjects.
“Intensives” are a unique opportunity for students to explore a niche area and study it in depth. For one week, regular studies and daily schedules are put aside. Instead, students select an interdisciplinary course that uses real-world situations and helps them create their own adventure! This week of intensive focus on a passion will happen at LEADPrep in late January.
Students’ academic, critical thinking, and character development skills through active learning in intensive topics such as animal volunteering, winter sports and survival, cooking, recycled art, song writing, and NW ecology. Students can concentrate on utilizing tools and resources, go out in the community, focus on a larger project – all without being bound by their normal schedules.
In addition to building skills, the intensives also create a strong sense of community as students experience snow camping, creating/performing music, working with animals, and other hands-on projects. Each group also prepares to share highlights and lessons learned with the larger school community, so that all students benefit from the variety of intensives.
LEADprep knows that there have been significant changes in the world since the 1800’s. As a nimble and proactive micro-school, we consciously use the precious commodity of time effectively and innovatively in the service of educating our rainbow of learners.