Making Learning Relevant and Engaging
Ipso teachers collaborate in teams to make learning relevant and engaging for each student. They use time and space more flexibly to customize learning experiences for students. At Ipso, English, social science, science and math teachers will share the same group of students for three hours each day. Within this time, teachers will use co-teaching and interdisciplinary project-based learning to provide common contexts for student learning while personalizing learning experiences for individual students’ needs. If students have already mastered course content, they are pushed further and deeper in their learning. When students need extra support, they will receive the time and resources needed to accelerate their learning. Teachers will work together to ensure that all students master learning goals in every subject area.
Time to Innovate
Students need time to explore their passions and deepen learning. During Innovation Lab, core teachers and administrators will mentor students as they use design thinking to solve the problems that are most important to each learner. Local artists, designers, community leaders, researchers, technology experts, and entrepreneurs will be connected with student teams based on students’ interests. Students will learn principles of art and design as they build partnerships with local organizations and community members to solve both local and global problems. In addition, the Ipso School hopes to serve as a lab school for Marin County and plans to share our successes and challenges with educators in our community.
Future Ready Graduates
At Ipso, we believe all students should be prepared for success in a four-year university and the professions of their choice. Our team will equip students with the knowledge, skills and networks they need to realize their dreams. Throughout their high school careers, students will have a coach that helps them develop short and long-term goals to realize their post-secondary goals. Coaches will reinforce the skills necessary to succeed in the universities of their choosing. All Ipso students will meet or exceed the University of California’s A-G requirements upon graduation. In addition, students will have access to multiple Advanced Placement and college level courses.
Learning Beyond the Classroom
In a system of continuous learning, classrooms are not the only places where students can acquire knowledge and skills. Our community liaison will connect students with opportunities to support experiential learning throughout Marin. For example, students will learn second languages in our community as they collaborate with native speakers on local service projects. Through our collaboration with the Marin Community Clinics, students will have opportunities to support local physicians as they improve health outcomes for our community. Students will also work with local artists or media organizations to produce original content. At Ipso, students will develop their leadership skills as they work alongside local businesses and industries to improve our community.