Educational Philosophy

At The Traveling School, the classroom is all around us. Learning comes to life through the places we visit, from the people we meet, and especially from the stories we hear. Regional curriculum and custom-designed textbooks support academic activities and cultural interaction.

We aim to make education three-dimensional by adding emotion through first person accounts to create relevance and develop critical thinking. Through interdisciplinary academics, students learn how to be in the world, not just what to be in the world. This is a different approach than students traditionally experience at their home high schools; this type of learning can truly be transformational. The Traveling School is a launching pad for great things: we plant seeds in students to set a new standard for how each student can be an agent of change in the world.

At The Traveling School we strive to develop classes and academic experiences based on the following key components:

traveling school curriculum

  • Low student to teacher ratio and college seminar-style classes to ensure active and engaged learners
  • Experiential, relevant and place-based units to support critical inquiry and deep questioning
  • Discussion-based courses which are interdisciplinary in nature
  • Differentiated classrooms that study multiple perspectives and acknowledge bias in sources of information
  • Transformative teachings that incorporate structural analysis to explore important themes such as: race, liberalism, democracy, capitalism, power
  • Student-centered approach that integrates creative lessons and multiple modes of learning

Students take six semester credits choosing from: Global Studies, PE & Independent Life Skills, History, English, Natural Science, Algebra 2, Precalculus and Spanish (spring semester only).

All course work is taught at an advanced level and involves comprehensive reading, writing, research, and student engagement. Our small class sizes support seminar style teaching to promote student discussion and debate, comparative studies, and progressive learning. There is an essential opportunity for each student to flourish in this individualized environment. Traveling School classes strive to be experiential, relevant and place based and often integrate multiple academic subjects so that student learning is interdisciplinary in nature. There are many opportunities for students: to question and problem solve; to contribute to intellectual and creative processes; to use their imaginations; to understand critical analysis and purpose; and to have a personalized learning experience. Traveling School students express and defend ideas, learn to implement evaluation, become theoretical thinkers, and become initiators of learning.

Relevant and Experiential Learning

Traveling School students become interested and active learners because their teachers construct place-based academic experiences that bring the curriculum to life. Students connect with relevant learning activities whether through current readings, local interactions, or immersion in the communities where we travel. These flexible classes are academic in nature. Sometimes, we spend a class touring an art museum for Global Studies; taking an in-depth language seminar from a native language speaker; or touring a local fishery with an expert in zoological and aquatic sciences. The Traveling School’s goal is to expose students to inspiring, relevant academics in the context of where they are and what they are experiencing.

Where is the classroom? Everywhere.