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The goodwill of superintendent, principal or governing board (informal)

None of the schools in this group have any formal agreement granting the teachers authority to make decisions, although teachers working in them seem comfortable that their authority is secure. Teachers’ authority rests on the goodwill of a superintendent, principal, and/or governing board.

Schools With This Arrangement

Minnesota Online High School (MNOHS)

MNOHS is an accredited online high school that focuses on building significant learning relationships among students, teachers, staff, and families. MNOHS has developed a unique community school model which uses collaborative technologies to bring geographically dispersed students closer—to th...

Workshop School

At the core of everything we do at the Workshop is project work. Projects must address a problem that is important to both the student and to society, and they must result in work that can be evaluated using real-world standards. While in the lower grades (9-10) teachers play a more prominent role i...

High School in the Community Academy for Law and Social Justice

High School in the Community students engage in their community through a rigorous program of study and volunteer service in school and beyond. Students grow into leaders by working for the well being of others. HSC serves students who are interested in a future of helping others and improving their...

Discovery Charter School II

Discovery Charter Schools' educational program is developmental, hands-on, student-centered, and theme-based to accommodate individual learning styles and achievement levels. Teacher-directed parent participation in the classrooms on a regular basis is a key component to the success of ...

New School for Community Service

The New School is the only school in Milwaukee Public Schools offering community-based learning internships as the core of the program. Over the last two decades they have built a powerful network of private businesses, community-based organizations, governmental units, and schools that serve as lea...

Highline Academy

Highline offers a standards-based educational program to all students. We begin with the end in mind; what should students know, understand, and be able to do. Then we draw upon a variety of curricular resources to meet the end goal. The foundation for curriculum and instruction at Highline Academy...

Escuela Verde

Escuela Verde learners develop, research, work, and produce their own projects. Projects that mean something. Projects that prove growth. Projects that matter to them and to our community. Working in small advisories of 16 students, Escuela Verde students collaborate with their educational advi...

Academic Arts High School

Students at Academic Arts High School study environmental themes in their coursework throughout the school year. At AAHS, students are encouraged to explore and develop their individual skills and interests through projects aligned with state standards. Twenty-first century resources, including a...

Explore Knowledge Academy School

The school's mission is “personalized learning through educational discovery: building 21st century leaders; one project at a time.” Students complete projects in which they incorporate the curriculum standards for the courses in which they are enrolled. They select areas of interest that are r...

Monarch Community School

Monarch believes that learning happens best when all are working together, (students, teachers, and parents), to develop a rich learning environment spanning home, school, and the greater community. They are committed to providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment in which students ...

Phoenix High School

A personalized and flexible learning structure motivates students to direct their own education, initiating projects and meeting learning standards in ways that are unique to their own interests and abilities.

Connections High School

The guiding principles of Connections High School are: 1. Project-based learning is the framework: Do. Apply. Reflect, 2. Connections High School is a multi-grade 9th - 12th classroom with daily advisories, 3. Connections is grounded in core standards in math, science and language arts, 4. Aca...

Shasta Charter Academy

Description of learning program: At SCA, learning is personalized for each student's learning needs, based on connecting his or her interests, life values, learning styles, strengths, and career and educational goals. The key to student learning is the relationship between the student, his or her...

Impact Academy

Four Design Features Impact Academy at Orchard Lake Elementary is where learning is personalized, embedded in real life inquiry and impacts communities. Our vision is to create a personalized learning environment where all students are taught at their instructional level of learning in the...

Woods Learning Center

Woods promotes academics, creativity, and community taught by teams with a student to teacher ratio of 18:1. Instruction focuses on the whole child. Individual student choices are part of an enriched curriculum for all students to encourage creative thinking and problem solving. Problem based learni...

Building 21 Ferguson

Building 21 Ferguson is a non-selective competency-based high school in the School District of Philadelphia. It is a new secondary model that seeks to facilitate an authentic learning experience that will address the unique social and academic needs of all learners. The B21 Ferguson tea...

Animas High School

Animas High School prepares all students for college and post-secondary success by creating critical thinkers and engaged citizens through an innovative, student-centered, project-based curriculum. Rigorous academics, where all students are prepared for college success Culture o...

Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education (WAVE)

The Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education is a free, public high school program for students in Washtenaw County school districts. The school offers a flexible, student-centered, project-based approach to learning for students who need an alternative to the traditional high school model. Stude...

Northern Waters Environmental School

Academic rigor is a key component of Northern Waters. Students have daily opportunities to engage in rigorous learning experiences in all of the core subjects to prepare them for success in high school and beyond while being productive members of the greater community. Northern Waters f...

STEM Center at Davie County High School

Within the North Carolina Common Core and Essential Standards that was implemented in 2012-2013 across the state, the Davie High STEM Center curriculum will emphasize connections within and between the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and all humanities classes incl...

UCP Bailes School

At UCP of Central Florida, we believe every child deserves academics to help them learn, grow and excel. That’s why each of our classrooms is led by highly qualified and experienced teachers who welcome children and families into a community of learning. Our research-based academics lay the founda...

Cougar New Tech Entrepreneurial Academy

Cougar New Tech Entrepreneurial Academy is a progressive school where learners use technology to complete group projects as they would in a professional work environment. Courses are taught in double classrooms by pairs of facilitators who integrate subject content to create projects that are both s...

Tri-County Early College

Tri-County Early College focuses on project-based learning, STEM-focused learning activities, competency-based assessment, experiential hands-on activities, college courses, 21st century skills, Tony Wagner's survival skills, college visitation experiences each year, trust levels that require studen...

Loring Nicollet Alternative School

Loring Nicollet Alternative School (LNAS) is a fully accredited high school for students who want something different from a large, traditional public high school. The most successful environment for students is one that is safe and one that validates their experiences. The foundation of this enviro...

Rosa Parks Charter High School (formerly Rochester Off Campus Charter High School)

At ROC, students are in the driver's seat of their own educational experience. ROC is a project-based learning environment. In project based learning, students are able to pursue their own interests, and demonstrate their learning through projects that they design, develop and carry out with guidanc...

Washtenaw International High School (WIHI)

Washtenaw International High School is a public consortium, International Baccalaureate (IB) High School for academically focused students in participating school districts in Washtenaw County, Wayne County, Oakland County, and Livingston County. WIHI opened its doors in the fall of 2011 with app...

Gateway Academy

Rooted in community action and problem-solving, students will engage in authentic collaboration and creative experiences in which to solve real problems in both local and global contexts. As its central focus, students will be active agents of their own learning. They will not only exceed mastery of...

7 Rivers High School - LaCrosse

7 Rivers Community High School is a Project Based Learning (PBL) environment. 7R provides a dynamic approach to learning in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. PBL requires a structured process to build towards an authentic outcome. The PBL process fosters a hands-on, inter...

DC Everest Idea School

Idea Charter School is a student-driven, project-based school for students in grades 6-12. Idea Charter School fosters a unique, close-knit school culture. Students at Idea Charter School are assigned to an advisor with a low student-to-teacher ratio. Student...

La Crosse Design Institute

La Crosse Design Institute (LDI) inspires students and community to acquire skills that will drive successful 21st century leaders and problem-solvers in becoming responsible citizens with strong values and integrity. Designing a better future one project at a time. La Crosse Design In...

Career Pathways

Career Pathways (CPATH) works to include underserved and disenfranchised students who don’t achieve well in traditional settings, but who will flourish in this unique multi-age/multi-graded environment which promotes application of learning. Research shows that all students learn better when they ...

School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS)

SEEQS offers an interdisciplinary project-based, community-based secondary school experience for Oahu families. SEEQS equips its students with the skills and habits of mind for success in the 21st century, including critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Learne...