high school boy working on homework

Academics

Personal Effort in a Chosen Discipline

We make sure that each teenager puts in the effort to attain a level of excellence in some part of life. Everyone has different talents, and it should be the role of the high school to help students identify these areas of interest and then provide the support to develop these talents. In this way, each teen can establish a meaningful basis for self-confidence and respect, tools that are essential in contending with the strong currents of peer pressure they face. The possibilities are as varied as the students and have included everything from singing, to cooking, to mathematics, to caring for animals.

Standardized Testing

Living Wisdom High School is based on a balanced development of the four Tools of Maturity: the bodyfeelingswill, and intellect.  In contrast, mainstream education with its one-pointed focus on obtaining higher test scores has increasingly emphasized the training of intellect at the expense of activities that promote growth in the other areas. It is interesting then to compare the results of these two very different approaches.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Score Averages 2004-2021 (Living Wisdom High School)

Our School AveragesNational AveragesAbove National Average
Language Arts640533+20%
Mathematics608527+15%
Total12481060+18%

We also assess student progress using the IOWA Test of Educational Development. Our senior class average score with this test for the 2020/2021 school year ranked in the 97th percentile as compared to other high schools in the United States.

A Personalized Schedule, Suitable for All Time Zones

Every student, in partnership with a mentor and faculty, designs a personalized, balanced program with experiences in self-discovery, academic excellence, creativity, connections with others, and service-learning adventure. The result is a personalized learning plan based on each student’s interests, long-term goals, educational aspirations, and abilities.

History

women protesting

2.5 hours online with 2-3 hours of homework

History of World Religions: a study of the impact and commonalities of the main religions

US History: an experiment in democracy and human rights


English

heart of stones

2.5 contact hours online with 3-4 hours of homework.

English 1-4: Literature, composition, self-expression & communication.


Science

chemistry lab experiment

2.5 hours online including labs with 2-3 hours of homework

Chemistry: composition, structure, properties and reactions of atomic and molecular systems; with lab

Physics: finding out how the world of matter works through interesting investigations and fun experiments; with lab

Anatomy & Physiology: understanding how your body works and how to keep it healthy; with lab


Math

math problem

1 to 2 contact hours online of individualized instruction, with 3-4 hours of homework

1 on 1 individual instruction: Students progress at their own pace at levels from pre-Algebra through Calculus.


Language Other than English

chinese letters

2.5 contact hours online with 1-2 hours of homework

Exploration of language and culture

Languages include: Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, and others


Arts

high school student creating a podcast

2 contact hours online with about 2 hours of homework

Performing Arts: script writing, production design, filming, editing and performing online events

Independent Study: visual art of the student’s choosing


Personal Advising

student doing yoga

1 contact hour online with personal advisor

Counseling and mentorship support in skill development, self-discovery, and college & career readiness. Go over extra-curricular activities, life skills, and personal well-being. Explore centering tools including meditation and yoga.

Tea Time, 1.5 contact hours: A chance for students to have fun together and nurture friendships in our online community


Personal Growth

student writing in her journal

2.5 contact hours with about 1 hour of homework

Non-Violent Communication, Ethics for Daily Life, and Empowered Heart

Personal growth courses designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of themselves, explore interests and inspirations, and learn how to manifest these changes both within themselves and in the world around them. Students engage in meaningful discussions, self-reflective writing, and creative projects.


Independent Study

boy on a skateboard

5 hours of personal expertise/independent study monitored by advisor

Each student identifies an area of interest or passion in their life, and are then supported to research and develop a project related to that interest. These projects have included the study of neuroscience, poetry, computer science, art, music production, photography, and more.


Service Projects

girl working on building a structure

3 hours monitored by advisor

A key element of our high school curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to get involved in solving some of the problems we face on our planet today. Our students have created service projects in their local communities at places like animal shelters, homes for the elderly, and preschools that serve special needs children.


Physical Exercise

boy on on a hike

5 hours

Students work with their advisor to implement a program of physical exercise that is aligned with personal interests and talents.


Work Experience

boy mowing lawn

3-5 hours

Making Things Happen

Students work with their advisor to find ways of earning money to develop self-confidence and to help pay for the annual Service Adventure trip. Past projects have included: providing childcare, a car-care business, supplying firewood, and creating crafts for online sale.

Service & Adventure

shanti on the beach

Along with the teenager’s growing awareness of larger realities comes the realization that our planet is filled with problems such as wars, lack of food and water, and homelessness. Left unaddressed, this realization can easily lead to cynicism and a rejection of the adult society that allows these conditions to exist. A key element of our high school curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to get involved in solving these problems. On a local level our students have helped at places like animal shelters, homes for the elderly, and preschools that serve special needs children. Farther afield, our students have helped at orphanages in Mexico, protected endangered Sea Turtles, and attended an international conference on Climate Change and Consciousness. Read Shanti’s Story

When international travel is open for all of our students, we will offer a two-week service adventure the students can attend as a group.