Students shouldn’t be stuck in large classes where they can get lost in the crowd. Method uses an innovative rotation model that allows for class sizes of 8 in our direct instruction settings. We call these environments Targeted Direct Instruction (TDI), and they lead to better results and a more positive experience for our students and teachers. Method also features a truly hands-on, experiential approach to education, with character education, robotics, and project based learning. Method is a public charter school and is always tuition-free.
Well, it's a tuition-free public charter school serving K-12 students in Southern California. But it's so, so much more than that. Let us explain by showing off some of Method's features:
At Method, small classes make a big difference. Our max class size is 8 in direct instruction classes.
Online classes from FuelEd and Compass provide students with proven and accredited curriculum, whether at a Method center or at home.
Projects help reinforce learning and give students hands-on application opportunties, which increases engagement and improves retention (and eliminates boredom).
Service learning helps students become better citizens and contributors to the greater good of humanity. It's an essential component of the Method experience, regardless of which track students attend.
Robotics is an optional add-on for our students in the Foundry. The Foundry is a maker space where creative juices are on full display. It's a place students' ideas come alive. The Foundry is available to all students regardless of track.
Also part of The Foundry, students can have the option of coding and technology "minor" at Method. Like all the other cool add-on experiences, tech and coding is available to all students regardless of attendance track.
At Method, students can grow their own food and learn the ins and outs of sustainable living. Taking care of the planet is always on the menu at Method.
Add it all up, and the Method Schools experience means positive results. On average, our students get 1.3 years of academic growth per year. Like private school, only better. And free.
Method offers four tracks for students, and each is designed with student well-being and success in mind.
The Synergy track (we call our tracks methods) is our on-site track that features hands-on projects and experiential learning, customized online curriculum, and small group instruction in our Targeted Direct Instruction (TDI) sessions. Students in grades 3-9 can attend up to 5 days a week in this track.
It can be difficult to manage all that goes into providing a truly innovative and rigorous
Method High is a flexible track where students in grades 9-12 can work at their own pace in a hands-on with lots of individual attention and tutoring. Students leave Method High with a diploma highly regarded by colleges and universities. Beginning in 2017-18, students can attend Method High up to 5 days per week in a fully-immersive experiential learning option that prepares them for college and career.
Students throughout Southern California enroll in Method Summer School, which allows them to catch up on credits or work ahead over the summer, returning to their regular high school in time for school to start. Method is the only option in California that features fully accredited WASC, UC a-g, NCAA approved online courses. And like all Method tracks, it's always tuition-free. In 2017, Method will serve students from over 100 SoCal high schools.
Today's students learn differently; we built Method for them. No longer do students need to move from one large classroom to another, being lectured to, without personalization. That doesn't work, and that isn't Method. Here are more cool "add ons" available to all Method students:
Imagine your student learning science and charity by growing food at school, and donating to those in need. Or, hosting movie nights with the proceeds going to local, state, or even global charities.
Character Education / Service Learning is a critical part of a well-balanced education for students, and prepares them for a full life of humanity and citizenship. Method’s service learning team is available to all students regardless of track. We call it The Colony, and it’s a chance for all students to help the community and integrate service into learning.
Hands-on learning is huge at Method. All students who attend the Synergy track spend a minimum of an hour per day in The Foundry working on projects of their choice, whether it’s robotics, programming, art, sustainability projects, and more. Students who are caught up in other work can spend even more time creating in The Foundry.
Students, parents, and teachers in their own words:
"I like the things we have organized that's different from other schools, like working online and having a different kind of building; it's really unique."
"I like that we can do work online."
"I love science, robotics, and anything with technology. So Method is perfect for me. I also like that we get extra attention from teachers and can ask them anything."
"I like Method because projects are challenging in a good way!"
"This is probably the best school my son has attended. My son attended the school for Summer school this year, and it was a great experience. If he was not graduating this year, I would enroll him full time. The teachers, mentors, and staff are very accommodating and strived to ensure my boys success. They bent over backwards to help us and to ensure a great experience. Thanks Method Schools!!!"
"I love working closely with Method students to help them reach their potential. At Method, our students reach heights they never thought was possible in a traditional setting."
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"The teachers there have made a personal connection with my son and whenever I drop in to ask a question I am welcomed to go in and say hello to everyone. It never feels like I am an inconvenience. The last year and a half with Method has made a world of difference. We love Method."
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