A Challenge-Based Curriculum
The Family School is a challenge-based approach to learning, in which students and teachers collaborate to learn about compelling issues, propose solutions to real problems, and take action. In this setting, students must act in order to solve a problem instead of passively receiving information, equipping them with the problem-solving skills necessary to succeed at any college or in any career.
Strong Focus on Writing
Being College and Career ready requires strong writing skills. The Family School students complete writing assignments in every subject area. As a result, by the time students graduate, they will have mastered how to write for different purposes and audiences.
Our instructional framework includes the regular and coordinated use of assessments including both formative and summative. The Family school educators use continuous assessments to meet students’ academic needs and ensure that they are progressing towards meeting the standards of the grade, by making improvements to teaching and learning methods across all courses.
Strong Teacher Support
The Family School teachers and staff are committed to supporting each student from enrollment in our school to enrollment into Middle School. Through small class sizes, strong staff and parent relationships, our school offers a personalized environment where teachers, students and parents become partners in learning, working together to strengthen and prepare each student to compete globally colleges and career pathways.
Learning through the Arts
Our teachers partner with Music and the Brain to help students develop critical thinking skills and habits of learning through music. These habits create a common language and culture among students and teachers, from class to class and project to project.
Promoting Parent Support
We view parents as highly valued members of our school community and recognize that our students’ success requires a partnership between school and family. In our schools, parents are welcome to visit regularly, talk with school staff about their students’ progress, and access assignments and grades online. Most importantly, parents are encouraged to be active members of our school community through volunteer work, parent-teacher nights and special school events.