At Traditional Schools...
Everyone learns the same information at the same time.
One teacher lectures to many students.
Classes comprise of students of the same age.
Teachers assign homework.
Students receive letter grades to measure success.
Teachers are the authority.
School is like a factory with bells, shifts, and one-size-fits-all.
Rows of desks face a teacher at the blackboard.
Memorization of information for test-taking.
At River Oak
Young people do challenging work at their own pace
Young people teach themselves and each other, with a guide supporting them.
We have mixed-age blended studios.
No assigned homework.
Young people earn points for effort and badges for mastery.
Young people learn to solve their own problems and learn to govern themselves.
School is like a journey, with adventure, fellow travelers, guides, and challenges.
Young people working together and collaborating.
Important discussions about finding your calling and changing the world.