Real World Learning


Design Labs

Purpose of Design Labs

Our charter is to personalize students’ learning by leveraging their interests to engage in authentic, real-world, challenging work. Project-based learning allows us to meet this charter.

When we opened our school, we realized we needed a framework for teaching students how to learn: how to engage in and pursue project-based learning that leveraged their interests to do real, authentic and challenging work. We adopted Design Thinking as our common framework so staff and students would have a common language and understanding of the skills necessary to achieve our goal.

We pursue this goal through one-on-one learning, project planning and internships, but we created Design Labs as the method we would use to scaffold this framework in a collaborative setting. Directly teaching Design Thinking enables students to apply those skills to their independent projects and internships. DLabs are staff guiding students to do the work that is most challenging and authentic.