How To Run A School:

Rule #1
Use methods shown by research to support learning

A New Approach

Our goal is to provide the creative freedom to spark a passion for learning. Problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration is at the heart of our program, and all instruction is guided by best practices and robust research. Like the high-performing schools of Finland, we “prepare children to learn how to learn, not how to take a test.”

Learning Design

To accommodate the strengths of every learner, we are committed to the principles of Universal Design for Learning, or UDL. UDL addresses student interests, learning styles, and the manner of demonstration. Here, learning is more than just a test score. Artifacts are used to clearly show what a student knows and can do.

Small School = Massive Potential

Small School = Massive Potential

Research consistently shows that positive, personal relationships are essential for learning; by keeping classes under 25 students, we’re developing a connected environment where each student is known well by every adult.

High Expectations = High Achievement

High Expectations = High Achievement

The New School High curriculum is rigorous: we know every learner has the potential to perform at a high level, so we encourage students to pursue Advanced Placement courses and exams and dual enrollment at local colleges. As seniors, students will be encouraged to complete an extended independent project on a topic that reflects their passions through research, community service, or creative arts. In accordance with state requirements, Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Michigan Merit Curriculum guide instruction.

An Education Built Around You

We believe high school students yearn to be more engaged in, and responsible for, their learning. Our teaching staff will help all students develop an Personal Learning Plan based on their knowledge, skills, and interests. Unlike traditional educational models, our curriculum is unique in that it gives students a voice in how they demonstrate competency. We will help students constantly assess their academic growth and provide them the flexibility to learn in ways that best suit their needs. The safe and effective use of technology supports instruction, via the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students.

How To Run A School:

Rule #2
Build a joyful community that values learning

The Cheat Sheet

We put together a quick summary of how we are different.

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Heard enough?

If you agree with us that school should be better (and how could you not?)

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