Studio Design

Our Studios are designed to create flexible spaces for work, learning, and play. They are tight-knit communities of mixed-age children who support each other and collaborate daily.

Children work together to create rules for the space. Some areas might be off limits for play, while others are more flexible. Ultimately, the learners come together to agree to those ground rules and promises—all based on a key promise to not distract themselves or each other during times of work.

A primary goal in our Studios is to guide learners in their development of social and problem-solving skills.

Ages 4-6

Spark Studio

Now Enrolling for the 2022 School Year

At our Spark Studio we lay the foundation for the joy of learning. Our well-balanced educational experience ignites curiosity, creativity, and the ability to ask good questions.

  • Young heroes start their journey towards mastery of tools, skills and character by working on acquiring small habits.
  • Learners use hands-on materials as well as adaptive technology to build a strong foundation of core skills.
  • Learners come together to develop life skills and character while having ample opportunities for collaboration, exploration, and free play.

Ages 7-11

Elementary Studio

Now Enrolling for the 2022 School Year

Young people in the Elementary Studio begin to embark into the real world, with the thrilling opportunities and responsibility that come with it. We encourage our young heroes to tap into their unique genius and continue building real-world skills.

  • The Elementary Studio offers increased freedom as well as a safe place to take intellectual risks, learn new skills, and put them to the test, failing early and learning that failing is a necessary component of learning.
  • Our Quests and Socratic discussions put a strong emphasis on strategic listening, creative and critical thinking, and asking meaningful questions.
  • Heroes learn how to set goals, work collaboratively, and love learning, while also helping and being helped by their friends in the Studio.
  • Heroes Learn to Learn, Learn to Do, and Learn to Be

Ages 11-14

Middle School Studio

Now Enrolling for the 2022 School Year

Middle School Heroes continue to learn through quests, deepening Socratic discussions, and independent skill work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Self-exploration is emphasized as Heroes add apprenticeships that help further reveal their genius and add more tools and strategies to their learning repertoire.

  • Heroes nurture leadership skills, establish ground rules for their community (studio) and hold themselves and each other accountable for deportment and community cohesiveness.
  • Each Hero becomes a more independent learner through accepting responsibility, ownership, and increased direction for a personal learning journey.
  • Heroes are encouraged to take intellectual risks; failing is greeted and celebrated as one of our strongest learning tools, and welcomed early and often in an environment of support.
  • While collaborative quests and Socratic discussions are a mainstay, apprenticeships extend the learning even more beyond the studio walls.
  • Heroes continue to refine goals, work collaboratively, and nurture a love of learning.
"I would never have believed children could learn so much from each other – until I saw it with my own eyes. The lessons of self management and self governance have prepared our fifth-grade son to be a lifelong learner.”

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