Shackleton School is a new, innovative, college preparatory, residential high school for students who learn best through experience, real-life projects, and participation in a supportive learning community. Our program integrates rigorous academics into Learning Expeditions which take students and educators out of the classroom and into the communities, businesses, cultures, and wilderness areas of North America. Our students are young men and women between the ages of 14 and 18 who learn best when they are: 1) essential members of a vibrant community; 2) immersed in challenging real-life experiences; and 3) guided by inspiring educators.
Shackleton School is especially suited to the educational needs of students who have struggled in traditional schools but who possess unique strengths and potential. Learning is relevant and alive. From our Base Camp in Ashby, Massachusetts, we travel in busses equipped with extensive libraries, expedition gear, laptop computers, and sophisticated communication systems. Students plan and carry out expeditions that incorporate all traditional high school academic subjects. Each learning experience is reinforced by readings, discussions, writings, research and presentations. Students develop "life skills" through internships, wilderness training, and community service. Small class sizes of 14-16 students allow students to play a significant role in shaping and designing their own education. They work closely with educators to create Individualized Learning Plans based on academic requirements and their individual interests and unique learning styles. The curriculum is designed to allow students to discover their natural curiosity and inspire them to achieve intellectual advancement, personal development, improved physical fitness, and spiritual growth, each of which are incorporated into students’ daily life at Shackleton School.
Participation in the community is the cornerstone of the Shackleton philosophy. Each class becomes an extended family as students live, learn, and support each other through adventure and hard work. We emphasize decision-making, leadership skills, and cooperative learning in and around changing environments.
In addition, we encourage family members to be actively involved in the Shackleton community through participation in community events and involvement in the students’ personal, academic, and professional development. Scholarships are offered to assist students who have limited financial resources. The remaining portion of our program is financed through a mix of private and corporate donations, fundraising, and other revenue-generating activities, including Shackleton’s Professional Learning Center (PLC) which opens in 2002. The PLC will share innovative teaching and learning techniques developed at Shackleton School with educational and corporate professionals throughout the country.
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