Learning Center for teens/ An alternative to traditional high school

Alternative to traditional high school for teens 14+

Enrollment is open and ongoing throughout the year.

Options for 2019-2020 Academic Year:

Part-Time (2 days per week) Full-Time (4 days per week)

We also offer flexible hours for students who wish to come for non-academic classes, events, field trips, and/or socialization. Please contact us to discuss how we can accommodate your need.

Open: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

Location: 64 Hancock Street, Auburndale, MA 02466

Symbiosis Learning Center’s Progressive Education Program is an alternative to traditional high school for ages 14+. Teens who struggle with anxiety, social and emotional challenges, learning differences, ADHD, and/or who just don’t fit in, can learn in an environment that is shaped by their learning style, pace, and needs, rather than the other way around. By redefining the concept of ‘school,’ Symbiosis Learning Center’s mission is to create a space that is holistic, nurturing, and noncompetitive. Students who enroll can earn their GED, an official transcript, and be guided through college and/or career options.

Our curriculum focuses on the following:

Emphasis on learning by doing – hands-on projects, expeditionary learning, experiential learning

Integrated curriculum focused on thematic units

Strong emphasis on creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking

Group work and development of social skills

Understanding as the goals of learning, as opposed to rote knowledge

Collaborative and cooperative learning projects

Education for social justice, responsibility, and democracy

Highly personalized learning accounting for each individual’s personal goals

Integration of community service and service learning projects

Offering content that is focused on skills needed in future society

Use of varied learning resources

Emphasis on developing a desire for lifelong learning

Collaborative assessment of coursework and projects

Creating a non-competitive, safe, supportive, and nurturing learning environment

Developing one’s life path through a mindfulness based approach

Supporting the development of productivity; freedom of choice; independence; individuality; empowerment/self-advocacy; accountability; curiosity; self-determined definition of success; self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-esteem.

Our Students

We highly value diversity in our students and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, creed, or family status.  The Progressive Education Program is an excellent fit for the following individuals:

Those opting out of traditional high school

Homeschool & self-directed learners

Members of the ‘unschooling’ movement

Those looking for a better fit than traditional high school

Those who have diverse learning differences and needs

Those who may have social and/or emotional challenges

Those who are college commuter students

Those who would like to take a gap year/semester from college

Those who have not yet decided if they would like to attend college, or feel they are not yet prepared for college

What We Offer

Rooted in research and experience, our program is specifically designed to provide our students with a variety of opportunities and essential skills to assist them in achieving their unique academic, social, and emotional goals. 

We help students master a rigorous, interdisciplinary college preparatory curriculum while also assisting students in reaching their social and emotional development goals. Our courses focus on the transition from our program in to adult life through collaborative instruction, both in academics and social skills.

The Progressive Education Program experience includes a variety of courses taught in an engaging, mindful, nurturing, and supportive learning environment.  These courses include the arts and sciences, community service and leadership opportunities; as well as regular off-campus field trips ensuring engagement with the world beyond the classroom.

Quote Happiness Is Not The Absence Of Problems

Courses include (but are not limited to):

English Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Art

Foreign Language

Social skills

Study skills

Music Appreciation

Diversity & Difference

Cooking

Psychology

How to get a job and keep it!

College preparation

Public Speaking

Independent studies (courses created by student with guidance by advisor)

We believe one’s self-worth should not be measured in a grade or score.  We hope to engender a sense of achievement and satisfaction that comes from thoughtful work and collaboration, intellectual and personal growth, and the willingness to embrace and overcome academic and life challenges.

Social/emotional support is provided for students with:

Anxiety

Depression

School avoidance/school phobia

Bipolar

Asperger’s

ADHD

OCD disorders

Additional Learning Opportunities

The Progressive Education Program includes a wealth of extracurricular and creative opportunities to explore new passions and discover new talents. These activities extend the experience of learning, encouraging students to develop new skills such as collaboration and leadership, and to inspire their compassion, creativity, and curiosity.

Experiential Learning:

Project-based learning and independent research are integral aspects of the learning process in the Progressive Education Program.

Makerspace

We encourage our students to gain experiences in the world outside of our program and we will assist students with obtaining these experiences!

Internships

Courses at a local college or university

Field Trips:

Apple picking

Old Sturbridge Village

Hikes

Visit to local businesses

Museums

Rock Climbing

and more!