I’m on the mailing list of Puget Sound Community School. It has about 40 students on its roll and is a combined middle and high school based in Seattle. Along with 200 other people world-wide I’ve signed up to the online kindness class as an experiment. I also get various tidbits of information.
During this past week, the students, staff and volunteers have been organising their Friday sessions. This day is allocated to getting out and about exploring Seattle. To give you an idea, you can sign up for organic gardening, bouldering and Parkour. This has me wondering if this is the only school in the world where Parkour is taught.
What fascinates me is that this school has the philosophy of a Curriculum for Excellence. It lives and breathes the principles of students directing their own learning facilitated by adults who are passionate about what they teach. When I visited 18 months ago, I saw quality lesson after quality lesson. I met young people who truly valued the opportunity to learn. The teenagers attend a school that capitalizes on its community and local environment on a weekly basis, thus debunking the myth that timetabling restricts what a school can offer in terms of outdoor activities. The joy of freedom to live and learn in a community that truly values all who belong.