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The world is changing faster than ever, and schools need to keep pace. If you are like me and you have a child going into middle school next year or in the next couple of years, then you’ll want to hear about Leonardo School. Leonardo is a new, private middle school in the Culver City/Venice area with a focus on encouraging children to be the change they want to see in the world. Prospective parents are invited to an open house on Thursday, March 16th from 6-8 PM at the Boys and Girls Club of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd. 90291 to learn more.
Leonardo is opening in the Fall 2017/18 school year for students starting 6th and 7th grade and adding grades every year through high school. Founding Director Jeff Guckert was last an administrator at Crossroads School and during his educational career has been everything from a science teacher to assistant head of school. Leonardo’s philosophy is to encourage kids to develop critical thinking, creativity, compassion, confidence and responsibility while also learning math, science, writing, Spanish, art and history.
The major themes during a 7-year stay at the school are:
- Knowing yourself
- Empathy, Compassion: understanding, defining your role in groups, communities
- Evolution & Change, Equilibrium, Sustainability
- Connectedness of ideas, knowledge, skills, people
They will learn on campus, but also go out into the world, exploring Los Angeles and beyond. Students will have the opportunity to travel to Leonardo’s satellite campus in Panama and learn about the culture, agriculture and economy of the country. The goal is to become thoughtful citizens of the world who will go out and make it a better place.
Students will be critical thinkers as they learn and explore. Leonardo teachers will have high expectations while providing high support for students. Success is not based on test scores, but the developing character of the student. Students are nurtured, encouraged and taught the importance of independence.
What’s really interesting to me is the schedule. Leonardo runs on a year-round schedule for the modern family so instead of a traditional school calendar it runs on an annual calendar. There will be breaks, of course, but no long summer break.
If you’re interested in hearing more about Leonardo School or want to apply, attend the open house on Thursday, March 16th from 6-8 PM at the Boys and Girls Club of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd. 90291 or visit LeonardoSchool.org.
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