Over the last 18 months, we’ve worked hard to develop and advance our work. Early on, our ideas seemed so far away! Now, our work feels closer than ever. Below, Andrew reports on some of our progress.
Seven or eight years ago, I started to wonder what a truly amazing school might look like. I started to randomly ask students and teachers what their perfect school was. Over time, I collected a wide range of wonderful ideas, from unlimited free ice cream to completely self-directed learning.
And during the last 18 months, I’ve traveled across the United States to visit accomplished schools and speak with innovative school leaders. So much of what I’ve learned has helped us shape our work, and I’m so happy to share our progress.
- I’m proud to announce that The Workshop Independent School has helped found a collaborative support network that connects innovative independent schools. The Innovative Schools Cooperative includes 10 amazing schools from across the United States, including Brightworks (San Francisco), NuVu (Boston), and Revolution School (Philadelphia). We will host our first annual conference this Spring at Teachers College, Columbia University in connection with the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership.
- I’m humbled to announce that we recently closed a major gift to sponsor our indexed tuition program. The charitable foundation has a long history of generous donations in education, and they are deeply interested in our innovative school model. In fact, they are especially inspired by our core commitment to diversity, equity, and integration.
- I’m honored to announce that we are officially in our early admission process. Last week, we hosted our first families for interviews for admission to our inaugural class of 6th grade students. A quick note that our early admission deadline is December 15th. If you are interested, we encourage you to attend our final Early Admission Open House this Sunday at the YWCA.
- Finally, I’m thrilled to announce that we are in contract for our school location in Prospect Heights. The building was entirely renovated over the last year, and it includes completely upgraded mechanicals, HVAC, and windows. Our space includes roughly 7500 wide-open sq. feet — and the best part? Founding students will have the opportunity to help architect and engineer our dream space.
As Founder and Head of School, I am proud, humbled, honored, and thrilled by our progress. We know how important middle school is to your family, and we are so thankful that you’re here. Happy holidays to you and yours!