Announcing our new middle school!

Photograph by 12th grader, Giulia Rosenthal
(original photography by 12th grader, Giulia Rosenthal)

Starting in the Fall of 2013, LiHigh School will begin offering our unique educational model to students in middle school, grades six through eight. For the past two years, we’ve worked with students from the ninth grade to the twelfth grade, but interest from parents throughout the community has inspired us to develop a version of our program that would work at the middle-school level as well.

LiHigh School is excited to offer students in grades sixth, seventh, and eighth a community and interest-based curriculum specially designed to connect the core academic skills to the students’ fields of interest. Students will learn through a combination of academic seminars, interest-based exploration, and community projects.

Just like students in our high school, each middle school student will have a Learning Plan team that includes the student, the advisor, and the parent(s)/guardian(s). Together, the team will design a learning plan that speaks to the student’s interests, strengths, and challenges. The student’s advisor and mentors will provide frequent and emotionally-supportive feedback, access to experts in various fields, and hands-on learning to enrich the student’s understanding and skills.

Our innovative schedule will allow students to spend three days each week focused on embedding core academic skills into projects derived from the students’ interests. During the other two days, students will engage with independent projects, participate in internships in the local community, or collaborate in dynamic workshops with students at both the middle and high-school level.

There will be no high-stakes tests and no frustration — just authentic assessments, individualized plans, and interest-based learning. Just as our students do at the high-school level, our middle school students will demonstrate their learning and growth through exhibitions for their peers, parents, guardians, and the other supportive individuals in their lives.

We want students to be excited to come to school. And we want their growth to be authentic to who they are, to be meaningful, and to be long lasting.

That is what makes our high school different, and that is what will set our middle school apart from all the others.

We are excited to start accepting applications.

For more information, contact Greg Rosenthal at (802) 488-4191, or come to a special informational meeting on April 27th at 3:00 pm in our classroom in the Poultney Small Business Center (above the pharmacy on Main Street). Both parents and students are encouraged to attend the meeting, or if you can’t make it, contact Greg at the number above, and we can schedule a private visit at your convenience.