FernLeaf is a tuition-free public charter school that adds an additional grade every year! FernLeaf will serve K - 7 for the 2020/2021 school year.
FernLeaf moves beyond traditional classroom based instruction by employing a rich and varied project based experiential learning model that brings the curriculum to life for students, teachers, and the community. In this setting learning is relevant, meaningful, and engaging. Students participate in a variety of learning environments in which they learn content and receive instruction in formats tailored to their unique and individual needs. This approach facilitates true academic fluency where students not only acquire knowledge and content but are able to apply it in real world situations through project work.
Expansive Academic Focus and Emphasis
FernLeaf balances and integrates traditional core academic subjects with social-emotional learning, stewardship, the arts, entrepreneurship, and comprehensive health and wellness. Through access to a wide variety of subject matter and opportunities for success in a broad set of disciplines, FernLeaf students can discover their unique passions and aptitudes and develop the wide range of skills and knowledge that will meet the unknown challenges of the future.
School and Class Structure
The ability to effectively implement the curriculum and provide an expansive academic focus requires a paradigm shift in school design and class structure. FernLeaf rethinks everything from physical infrastructure to scheduling. Of fundamental significance is FernLeaf’s small size which allows flexibility in all areas of the school and the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the school community over time. Off site learning opportunities are regular features of project work, flexible scheduling helps keep students from getting bored, and multi-age learning environments promote cross pollination of ideas while allowing students to learn at their level.
Student Growth and Assessment
FernLeaf utilizes a comprehensive assessment strategy rooted in a culture of reflection whereby staff and students are encouraged to constantly evaluate themselves and their peers with the goal of perpetual academic, personal, and social growth. This strategy incorporates not just traditional quantitative measures, but a wide variety of ongoing qualitative measures designed to help students and teachers form a more complete picture of student growth and development. FernLeaf's assessments address not only academic goals, but also a host of social, emotional, and developmental goals all contributing to high levels of success and well-being at school and beyond.