We are proud.
Our mission is to prepare a diverse range of students for a life of learning in post-secondary education, citizenship, and leadership.
To accomplish this mission, we have designed our program for deeper learning, which means we challenge students to use knowledge and skills in a way that prepares them for real life. In other words, we blend formal and informal learning together, engaging both the mind and the hand.
Students engage in deeper learning in three important ways: challenging and personalized, self-paced learning utilizing state-of-the-art online resources; hands-on project and problem-based pedagogy presented in "workshop" time; and exploration of dozens of skill areas in pursuit of earning a cool badge denoting proficiency.
During "Personal Learning" time, students learn at their own pace using an online platform provided through a partnership with Summit Schools and curated by their PRIDE teacher. Students can learn at an accelerated pace, or slow down as needed, and gain mastery and skill as PRIDE staff provides just-in-time coaching along side the student. Feedback is immediate and useful. Error is not stigmatized.
In the content areas of the humanities, mathematics, and science, students are confronted with real-world projects, hands-on learning, and performance assessment. The projects offer many entry points for students with varying learning styles and interests, integrate several subjects together at once, are teacher designed, and provide students with an excellent chance to demonstrate critical thinking, artistry, and a deeper understanding of core concepts. Many projects result in a public presentation by the student.
Computer science and the arts are integrated into projects, and increase in complexity and challenge from grades 6 to 12.
At PRIDE, we honor the diversity of our staff and students. We know that no two people are exactly alike, and that we go through this life as unique individuals,
So it is no surprise that the PRIDE community welcomes and respects -- indeed, celebrates the uniqueness of each. And we live that ethos every day.
Students and adults alike model a supportive, collaborative, and respectful stance toward each other, as we all seek to unlock the passions, purpose, and potential of each individual.
Because we all learn through trial and error, we are careful not to stigmatize mistakes, but push students to "fail forward" or rapidly learn from error and improve. We believe that students should be challenged to produce work that has lasting beauty, purpose, and value.
Our PRIDE Values
We are a values based school. We believe that a strong school culture exists when we share a set of common values and are clear about what it looks like and sounds like to have such values. When we operate with a common set of values- we can become a community. These become the operating norms of the school and replace "rules" that often are common in our traditional school.
We believe that all of us (students-staff-families) should strive to have the HEART of a LION. This means we have Humility, strive for Excellence, are Always learning, focus on Relationships, believe in the power of Team and Teamwork, inspire everyone to Lead, are Inclusive, stay Optimistic, and Never give up.