School Profile

Name: LiHigh School Social Entrepreneurial Program
Address: 28 Depot Ave, Poultney, VT 05764
Phone: (802) 287-2411
Website: www.lihighschool.org

Administrators:

  • Co-Director: Greg Rosenthal (greg@lihighschool.org)
  • Co-Director: Zohara Zarfati (zohara@lihighschool.org)
  • Advisor: Kyle Callahan (kyle@lihighschool.org)
  • Advisor: Stuart Gerrol (stuart.gerrol@lihighschool.org)

Program Description:
The LiHigh School Social Entrepreneurial Program focuses each student’s education on solving community-based problems through the development of their entrepreneurial skills. Students conceptualize innovative solutions that have value in the real world, collaborate with classmates and community members to bring those solutions to fruition, and celebrate their successes through public exhibitions of their work.

Students pursue their high-school diploma by achieving academic excellence in a group of five Learning Goals: Communications, Social Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Empirical Reasoning, and Personal Qualities. Using project-based learning, individualized learning plans, professional internships, and college-level courses, each student is able to strengthen their abilities while following their passions and interests.

Assessments:
Assessment at LiHigh School comes in three major forms: public exhibitions, learning plan meetings, and narrative evaluations. At exhibitions, which can last between 10 and 45 minutes, assessment is provided by the audience through open discussions and verbal questioning. At learning plan meetings, assessment comes from direct feedback provided by the student’s Learning Plan team, which includes their advisor, their parents or guardians, and one of LiHigh’s co-directors. Finally, the narrative evaluation allows the advisor to show a fuller picture of each student, how they’ve progressed, and what challenges they still need to face. Students are not given grades during our assessments, nor are they ranked against each other. Generally speaking, our assessment is highly personal and conversationally based.

Graduation Requirements:
Instead of grade levels, LiHigh School’s Social Entrepreneurial Program is divided into three different phases, each of which comes with their own set of expectations before the student can progress to the next phase. The expectations are broken into six categories, one for each of the five Learning Goals, and a general category that includes expectations related to community service, college planning, etc. To graduate, the student must complete all of the expectations of the third phase, the most significant of which is a senior capstone project where they are instructed to “make the world a better place” by organizing the efforts of adults who are not affiliated with the school (e.g., planning and running a benefit concert for the victims of the Haiti earthquake or organizing a mural-painting project to invigorate the local downtown). The capstone is accompanied by a 10-page research paper related to the focus of the project.

Curriculum:
The curriculum at LiHigh School consists of content-based seminars, skill-based workshops, professional internships, independent projects, and college-level courses.

Because each student’s curriculum is based on their passions and interests, there is no set method that applies across the board; however, the phase-level expectations provide a central core of skills that each student must demonstrate before they progress. By the time they graduate, students will have developed portfolios that satisfy close to 100 specific expectations, including (but not limited to):

  • Completing 225 hours of internships and/or shadow days
  • Completing 120 hours of community service
  • Taking at least one college-level course
  • Completing at least eight independent projects with significant depth
  • Demonstrating significant progress in the five Learning Goals

Therapeutic Program:
LiHigh School also operates a seperate Therapeutic Program to service students with emotional-behavioral issues, learning disabilities, learning impairment, autism, and other health-related issues. In 2016-2017, this 1:1 program serviced an additional 16 students, ages 11-20, utilizing 16 staff members with a mixture of Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

Location:
Our school is located in the village of Poultney, a rural town on the western border of central Vermont, with a vibrant Main Street and a population of 3,500 residents. Poultney is also home to Green Mountain College, a perennially top-ranked school for environmental education and sustainability, which our students have access to.

Accreditation & Memberships:
LiHigh School is an approved independent school accredited by the State of Vermont. LiHigh School is also a member of the Vermont Independent Schools Association.

Enrollment: 11 students in our Social Entrepreneurial Program, ages 11-19
Faculty: 8, with a mixture of Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees

CEEB Code: 460331

Class of 2016

  • Number in class: 1
  • Entered a 4-year college: 100%
  • Entered a 2-year college: 0%
  • Entered military service: 0%
  • Entered workforce: 0%

Class of 2015

  • Number in class: 2
  • Entered a 4-year college: 50%
  • Entered a 2-year college: 0%
  • Entered military service: 0%
  • Entered workforce: 50%