A Day in the Life

The Lab focuses on developing the whole child including social emotional, artistic as well as academic development.  Classes throughout the day are designed to address each of these areas of learning.

8:30-9:00 am – Flexible drop-off

8:45–9:00 am – Inner-wellness

During inner-wellness, students learn skills like mindfulness meditation, yoga, Brain Gym exercises, as well as concepts from books like the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids, Character Lab, and Peacebuilders.

9:00-9:15 am – Community Meeting

The Lab incorporates concepts from the Responsive Classroom and Paulo Freire’s theories of co-learning between teachers and students.  Students sign-up to speak or co-lead the community meeting each day. During the meeting students discuss issues at the learning center, or in the larger community and practice community leadership skills, problem solving and collaboration.

9:15–9:30 Morning Advisory

Instead of traditional grouping by age or grade, students are assigned to an advisory group based on their ability to work independently.  Their teacher/advisors then tailor the level and type of support provided to their independence level.  One goal of the Lab is to develop students who love learning and who are able to self-manage their own learning during the week.   Teachers/advisors coach students in building their skills in setting appropriate and achievable goals for the day and week, asking for help when they need it, reflecting on their own process of learning, and self-managing their learning through the week alone and with others.  During morning advisory, students set their learning goals for the day and reflect on the process they will use to accomplish them.

9:30–12:00 Core Learning Time

During this time, students work towards their personalized learning goals independently or in small groups.  Students use a variety of online resources to support learning in math, reading, writing and computer science.  Each student has an individualized “playlist” of on-line and traditional resources to support them in attaining their learning goals for the week.  They may use online resources like the Khan Academy or Brain Pop, participate in Writer’s and Reader’s Workshop sessions, receive individual tutoring, participate a small group session designed to support attainment of a particular skill or concept, or receive peer-to-peer support from other students in the program.  Depending on their independence level, students are provided with varing levels of freedom to determine which ones of their goals they will work on, at what time, and how.  Teachers/advisors coach the students during this learning time, and also provide individualized tutoring and support as needed.

12:00–1:00 pm Lunch and Free Play

Students have lunch outside. Each month student select the activities they would like to have available during free play like basketball, tether ball, 4-square, chess, and large scale Jenga blocks.

1:00–2:00 Studio Time

During studio time, teachers use an “authentic project-based learning” approach to help students design and carry-out projects that address a real need in the community or the organization.  Science, history and social studies are woven into the projects developed by each student or group of students.

2:00-3:00 Extended Studio Time, Art, Outer wellness or Language

Depending on the day of the week, students may participate in a variety of different classes ranging from Art, Cultural Dance, and Outer Wellness where they learn about physical fitness and various sports like volley ball, field hockey, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee.

3:00-3:30  Flexible pick-up

3:00 – 6:00 Extended day

Beginning Fall 2016 students will have the option of participating a variety of enrichment classes from 3:00-6:00. Extended day classes must be signed-up for and are available for an additional fee.  Students may also continue to work on their studio project or towards their personalize learning goals during this time.