After so many years of stagnating in ideas and practices from the agrarian age, education is suddenly awash in new ideas.
All around us we hear about the value of technology, project-based learning, deeper learning, new brain research and a better understanding of how kids——or any of us, for that matter——really learn.
At iLEAD we’ve built a model based on what we believe to be the best of all that is out there. We believe passionately in project-based learning not because it’s a fad but because it goes to the heart of how kids learn. We’ve incorporated technology not as a spiffy add-on but as an organic part of the learning process in the 21st century.
We value and encourage leadership not just as a part of a career track but by instilling in each learner the confidence and character that inspire others.
It’s not unusual that we want our learners to think for themselves. But to do this requires a grounding in the arts, in design and in humanities, and the need to feel at home in the world. For us, “thinking for themselves” is not just about solving problems but about an organic vision of the world they live in and one they will inherit.
Finally, we value the social and emotional development of our learners. We believe there is an implicit, as well as an explicit, curriculum to teach. Our goal is nothing short of learning, to change the world.
iLEAD STANDS FOR…
Learning foreign languages and cultures makes our learners compassionate, open-minded world citizens.
Practicing leadership from a young age prepares our learners for a lifetime of listening, collaborating, inspiring——leading.
Encouraging learners to work in teams, take risks and learn from failure nurtures the ability to innovate and ignites their entrepreneurial spirit.
Creating and exploring the world through the artistic experience enhances all subject areas for our learners.
Participating in project-based learning leads to more meaningful experiences and a deeper understanding for our learners.
What We Measure
Our learners are defined by more than a score on a standardized test. Studies have shown that learners who drive their own education through our deeper-learning approach are well prepared for college and beyond. These studies show that they…
Graduate from high school at a rate 14% higher than the national average
Enroll in college at a rate 9% higher than the national average
Persist in college at a rate of 83%
Grow 77% more in higher-order thinking skills between freshman and senior years of high school than comparison group