Made for students, not administrators

Today's schools were invented in Prussia in the 1760s. They spread worldwide (coming to America in the late 1800s) because they were easy to create and administer, not because they were good for students. Their designers knew almost nothing about how brains mature and humans learn – Prussian schools were invented 100 years before humans ever saw a neuron.

In designing a school system suitable for a world 250 years older, we have myriad examples—both successes and failures—to learn from. After multiple years of research and thinking, we've developed a completely new and unique model: one designed around the wellbeing and success of students (not administrators), which equips them to maximize the vast amounts of resources and opportunity they have as rising citizens of the United States in its Information Age.

What we give students

Our unique model is centered around explicitly empowering students to excel
to the limits of their potential. To do that, we give them six core things,
which combine to define their experience and growth.

  • Autonomy

    Humans learn best when passionately pursuing their interests. We encourage independent exploration, instead of forcing temporary "learning" that's irrelevant to life.

  • Guidance

    Often, when confused or curious about something, we don't know where to look or how to move forward. We have staff to help with any questions, there to point students in a helpful direction.

  • Encouragement

    We strongly believe that all humans can do great things. Operating by this belief, we've built a culture of achievement: students live in that attitude, enabling each to excel.

  • Community

    Physical, supportive communities are key to human development. It's hard to do great things when you're alone, too! We nurture that, growing healthy and successful adults.

  • Resources

    To do things well, you need tools and materials. We're proud to spend 10% of our budget directly on procuring top-quality resources for students to use, enabling them to do things they couldn't elsewhere.

  • Feedback

    It's hard to make progress without knowing where you are. Instead of occasional grades and tests, our students get constant feedback from staff and peers, helping them to improve instead of ranking them arbitrarily.

Opening september 2019

We are opening our first facility in the Seattle area this fall, for children ages 10-15.
Interested? Curious? Have any questions? Please contact us!