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Rasmus 16 and Max 14 are both thriving in High School. Having been in Montessori, Florida Virtual School and then YWLC, it was a bit nerve wracking throwing them into the public system.
It’s been a little over a month since they started and both currently have straight A’s in all classes. I would say that YWLC gave them an extremely strong sense of self, which has allowed them to be very certain in what they want, and also what they don’t.
Academically the lessons learned at YWLC did a great job in preparing them for HS. The in depth lessons on subjects such as essay writing, allowed Max to be very confident in his first go round in AP Language Arts, receiving an A for his work. Rasmus is finding out that Math is not nearly as hard as he expected and is actually enjoying the subject, which is the first time in his life. In fact, I would say that they are both a grade ahead on vocabulary, comprehension, and understanding how to do the work necessary to achieve success.
Socially it was and continues to be a little for them to fit into groups of kids who have basically been together since grade school. That being said, their self confidence and strong communication skills which were encouraged via YWLC has classmates intrigued, and both are starting to break into cliques attracting classmates of like minds. After the first week, I realized that integration into culture was going to be just fine.
I would suggest that if any parents are looking to keep their options open, they follow a curriculum that mirrors the public system, by staying up on core classes required. Rasmus is kicking himself for not attending High School sooner as he’s finding out he needs to take some classes to play catch up. Other than that, I can say that YWLC did a great job preparing them both in education and in life skills.
Both are very thankful, almost weekly, for their experience at YWLC and attribute a lot of their knowledge to the experience.
Thank you again for everything Judith
Jason President - U.S. Recruiting Inc.
My son Wyatt, was public schooled k-7 but when I discovered just how ill suited the public school system was to be able to keep up with his fast paced academics, I started looking for alternatives and private school was simply not in the budget. After two years here at Yellow Wood, he is happy and working at an accelerated pace, he is not bored, and he is HAPPY to go to "school" !
We plan on continuing here for the rest of his compulsory school years and I feel like if everyone fully understood this model of education everyone would be doing it. He is able to advance as quickly as he needs and yet can have one on one attention for any areas that he needs support in.
There is an incredible support system between other students, facilitators, and the director. I find that my son's education is so much more interactive with the world around him now as if the lessons learned are put to test in the world daily and not on a bubble test sheet. Thank you Yellow Wood.
Amber Happy Parent!
Several months into our Yellow Wood Learning Community experience I am astonished at the transformation I have observed in my teenage daughter. I am watching her evolve in her approach to her education. She has chosen to participate in classes which would never have been considered in a traditional school setting (sailing, acting, cooking and basketball). At home an interest in self-directed learning has been awoken evidenced by her interest in a multitude of classes offered online by some noteworthy colleges through Coursera, Tedx and similar organizations.
My daughter is now taking responsibility and accountability for her learning experience and progress. I notice a mental connection between subjects she may find tedious such as math and the importance of mastering and applying these skills to use them in classes that interest her immensely such as marketing and sailing. She now sets goals for herself and looks to explore new unfamiliar subjects and territories. I also feel tremendous growth in our communication and the dynamics of our relationship.
I attribute this transformation to her experiences and the environment that exists at Yellow Wood Learning Community. An atmosphere of genuine concern, individuality, and mutual respect with an emphasis on autonomy is prevalent. Much of the curriculum is custom tailored to evoke a passion and enthusiasm for learning based on subject matter of individual interests and preference blended in such a way as to provide a wonderful learning experience for all. The director Judith Hirsch, all the parents and the combined community effort are nothing short of amazing.
My little girl is emerging from her cocoon, spreading her wings and beginning to see all the beauty and potential she possesses.
David Grateful Dad
My daughter was home schooled for most part of elementary school. As middle school approached she felt as if she needed more socialization, but a traditional format school was obviously out of the question. We were very lucky to find Yellow Wood after a brief but thorough search.
This learning community is a safe environment where individualities are respected and talents nurtured. Along with one to one tutoring on core subjects such as Math and English, the students are encouraged to participate in a variety of classes and activities, all facilitated by the most competent and engaging staff you could wish for.
The students can also input on the creation of new classes based on their personal interests and curiosities. Open debate during community time guarantees each individual the ability to voice desires and concerns in a supervised and peaceful space.
I have been watching my daughter grow brighter and happier every day, while learning in a very natural and stress free way, and I am looking forward to seeing what each new day at Yellow Wood will bring as much as she is!
Laura Mom of 13 year old daughter