The High School at IDEAL is a uniquely student-driven, flexible, and inclusive program. In small, seminar-style classes, our expert faculty cultivate the voice, skills, and confidence of each student. IDEAL’s High School supports students seeking a more individualized environment and personalized options than a traditional high school, while still emphasizing the nurturing student-teacher relationships that are the hallmark of an independent school education.
Our High School faculty is made up of talented general educators, learning specialists, related service providers, school counselors, and a transition counselor dedicated to working with families and students as they go through the college and postsecondary program research and application process. Teams of subject-area teachers meet together regularly to differentiate lessons, strengthen interdisciplinary connections, and incorporate project-based learning, thus ensuring all students are engaged together in the learning process. Academic instruction consists of a combination of co-teaching teams and smaller group instruction by a single teacher. Low student-teacher ratios allow for flexible use of both homogeneous and heterogeneous class groupings based on student goals and interests.
IDEAL offers opportunities for each student to advance at his or her own pace in a challenging, supportive, and diverse environment. Within IDEAL’s flexible program, students expand and build upon their own interests and explore diverse perspectives through our core curriculum and a wide array of student- and faculty-driven electives. Life skills are integrated into our program and range from training students to interview and write resumés successfully to developing skills in daily living. Advanced course offerings are available for students who are seeking additional challenges. All students meet at the beginning and conclusion of each day in small, inclusive advisory groups led by a pair of teachers dedicated to knowing, celebrating, and growing each child. Depending on the individual child’s needs, students may receive individual or small-group academic support or enrichment in the classroom and from faculty and learning specialists in the Learning Center, which is the hub of our community and staffed by teachers both during the day and after school.
IDEAL’s multicultural curriculum and social justice instruction are embedded into all aspects of our High School program, from elective offerings to weekly community time that is focused on our diversity curriculum