Alternative Learning Center

Our self-directed model of learning is one which will be a lot more engaging to students' interests, but also requires significant individual motivation and discipline. For many kids these things take a while to develop, but they are critical to th...

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Our self-directed model of learning is one which will be a lot more engaging to students' interests, but also requires significant individual motivation and discipline. For many kids these things take a while to develop, but they are critical to the long-term goal of preparing students to be successful rather than merely eligible for opportunities after high school. 

What a week/month/semester looks like will be different for each student based on their individual goals, but could include the following:

Projects which students design based on their interests (with the support of an advisor)

  • Workshops, seminars, deep dives, crash courses, and flows which students sign up for online

  • Core SJUSD graduation requirements and college eligibility through co-designed learning plans and meeting of competencies 

  • Learning Plans to focus student goals and responsibilities

  • Advisory (18-25 students and one adult advisor/teacher)

  • Internships and service learning projects

  • Flexibility for community college dual-credit courses

Some thoughts from one of our students on what it takes to be successful here:

  1. You need a reason for being here (not running away from something else)

  2. You need to want to manage procrastination (be self-aware and find structures/supports)

  3. You need to develop a growth mindset (belief in your ability to do things)

  4. You need to be responsible for your own learning (don’t wait to be told things)


 
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