Key Model Elements
The U School's instructional model includes some of the following elements:
- Youth development focus: all students will join an advisory team (called Posse) with peers and a mentor educator who will design and create a vibrant high school experience; Posse will support goal-setting, college and career planning, and strong engagement with families to support learner growth.
- Personalized learning: every learner is supported in developing a personalized learning plan (PLP) and designing their learning pathway so that it reflects learner interests, needs, and aspirations.
- Competency-based education: learning goals are organized as "competencies" - the knowledge and skills learners must successfully apply in order to solve real world problems. Learners only advance once they have demonstrated proficiency of the learning goals.
- Design-based learning: learners lead personal and team-based investigations around the "Great Challenges of Our Time," and develop key skills in research, problem-solving, communications, and taking action.
Alignment of values, Core Process and Expertise
The U School commits to making the core processes as legible as possible for all users. Below you will see a visualization of the alignment of values, the design process, skills and ideas about what that might look like.