Student Led

Project Based

Real World

What is Leap?

Leap is a super cool program where students get taken out of their regular classes, for six weeks, to work all day – every day in projects of their choosing.

Is it truly student Led?

Yes, that’s right! Students have 100% decision making power. Not only when choosing projects, but also on the schedule and structure of the day! We don’t really like restrictions in Leap.

So what do teachers do?

We like to look at ourselves as part of the team. We might be a little more experienced in managing projects, but we’re equally learning and engaging on the project.

What about subjects?

Again, we’re no fan of restrictions. Most projects are multi-disciplinary and we allow interest to lead our learning. We don’t worry about scope and sequence; we care about exploring and learning new skills.

And grades?

Grades? Where we’re going, we don’t need grades! We believe reflection is a way better way to get students to understand their own learning.

Magic Mondays

Everyone should look forward to Mondays. Mondays should bring excitement, motivation and a refreshed mind. Hence, Magic Mondays! Yay!

Magic Mondays are days reserved for going out of our comfort zones to try new things. Whether this means going on a crazy jungle adventure or visiting a palm reader, we want Mondays to represent a fresh new perspective to how we begin our week. Mondays should always be fun!

As our projects move along, Magic Mondays will tend to relate more to the actual project, but they remain flexible to whatever we can think of.

Mini Missions

The first week of every Leap is intended to re-program student’s perspective of what school is supposed to be. We want them to forget their previous “school training” and come open to explore learning just for fun.

Mini missions are challenges that are all about exploring and exposing ourselves to all that is out there. They’re about embracing the possibilities of acquiring new passions, learning new skills and working with any type of idea. They’re also perfect for team building.

Previous mini missions have included a zombie apocalypse hike, a complete re-design of our classroom and a master chef inspired cook-off. Fun stuff!

Garuda's Nest

The majority of students are used to always being told what to learn, so it can be hard when they get complete and total freedom of choice. To help things move along, at the end of the first week of each Leap, we hold Garuda’s Nest.

Based on the famous TV show “Shark Tank”, we hold a space where people come in and pitch project ideas for the students to take on. Kids listen, question and scrutinise the ideas, while the adults try to convince them their idea is the best.

The pitches allow students to explore a wide variety of possibilities; it encourages them to ask deeper questions and to find a critical eye when looking at an idea.

Project Autopsy

The first week of every Leap is intended to re-program student’s perspective of what school is supposed to be. We want them to forget their previous “school training” and come open to explore learning just for fun.

Mini missions are challenges that are all about exploring and exposing ourselves to all that is out there. They’re about embracing the possibilities of acquiring new passions, learning new skills and working with any type of idea. They’re also perfect for team building.

Previous mini missions have included a zombie apocalypse hike, a complete re-design of our classroom and a master chef inspired cook-off. Fun stuff!

Projects

This is where the magic happens. This space is designed for students to make their ideas a reality, while understanding how to run a group project to completion. For a full five weeks, we focus all our efforts into this baby. It’s important to note, the students also define what success means for each venture. 

Every project is different, but it’s almost certain there’ll be a share of failures and hurdles to jump through. There will be skills to learn, people to contact and prototypes to make.  We’ll be problem solving like crazy and we’ll learn how to efficiently work as a team. We’ll also have tons of fun!

 

Does all this sound awesome to you?

If you are a student, teacher or parent interested in this kind of education.

Please, contact us. Let's chat.

Our emails...

noan@greenschool.org

mauricio@greenschool.org

 

Oh, and if you’re interested in any of our documents, activities and/or resources, we’re happy to share. We wanted to put everything up on the website, but thought it would be a perfect excuse to make some connections. And, well, we were kinda lazy to upload it all. Ha.