Education today is facing unprecedented times and no one knows what schools will look like coming out of this crisis. However, even before the pandemic of 2020, education in the US was still based on early 20th century ideals, not in line with the 21st century world. Teaching is broken up into subjects, classes and periods but the world today is not. But a study of the parts alone is not enough. We also need to look at how the parts come together to be part of something.
Mistwood Educational Center mission is to provide a rich, stimulating, highly academic and fine arts environment in which students and adults have great respect for each other, for themselves, and for their immediate and global environment. Mistwood students have flexible schedules that blend homestudy and onsite instruction based on student need. Instead of subjects students take 16 different cross-curicular classes; like nature studies which combines art, biology, writing and literature, or Asian Mythology which combines geography, literature, and history.
However, Mistwood ends at 8th grade. Our goal is to create a high school that continues Mistwoods structure and ideals in a way that is developmentally appropriate for adolescents and prepares students for college or careers after graduation.
In designing Mistwood High School we drew from the Finnish educational system, phenomenon based learning, and project based learning. Students will take cross curricular classes drawing objectives and skills from different traditional 'subjects,' focusing on one real world problem. Students will also be challenged to develop their own questions based on their personal interests and passions. All of this reinforces that each subject is a part of a bigger phenomenon.
Additionally we wanted to create authentic graduation requirements that would give students college preparatory transcripts.
We seek to integrate subjects, ethics and skills into holistic learning. Students will be challenged to take charge of their own education and focus on their interests and passions while building the skills they need to be successful adults.
However, starting a private school is not a free endevor. We are looking to raise $10,000.00 to begin the process of getting a campus site, supplied and paying for the accreditation process. We would like to raise these funds prior to opening in the Fall of 2021 so that we can keep tuition affordable for students and families. Please help us build the future of education.