Unique program is a ‘classroom without walls’

Student outdoors with The Ecology School
Student outdoors with The Ecology School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Many students and families are focused on the end of the school year and summer break. But this fall, a new and unique school will be opening in Grand Rapids.

The Ecology School is designed to give sophomores an educational experience outside of the classroom. It’s the only program of its kind in the state of Michigan. The school is sort of a local semester abroad experience. Students step outside their environment and into a classroom without walls. They take part in hands-on learning by being active and getting engaged in real world problems.

A semester includes wilderness expedition, academic term, leadership expedition, and project term. The final project connects the team with a local organization to engage students in a real world challenge.

The program is great for college because it challenges students to grow and offers a remarkable experience that shows they took a distinctive path in high school. By engaging students in the real issues of their own community, they are simultaneously trained to become global citizens better equipped to tackle all the significant challenges of the 21st century.

The Ecology School is great for a variety of students, but especially those who don’t always thrive in the seat-bound traditional classroom. Students return to their school energized, with leadership skills, a passion for learning, and a confidence that they can do difficult things. Each student also receives five State of Michigan credits.

To learn more about The Ecology School and how to apply, visit their website.

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