Connections – The low student/teacher ratio and the online collaborations, discussion, and conferencing reinforce meaningful everyday connections with advisors, mentors, and peers.  Academic knowledge and skills must be applied to real life experiences and challenges.  Advisors evaluate student’s work in depth.


Authentic Assessment – Student assessment is customized, while holding each student to high standards. They demonstrate their work in a real-world context.


Personalized, One Student at a Time – The curriculum is individualized, academically rigorous, and based on each student’s needs.


Family Engagement, One Family at a Time – Families are directly involved in making curriculum and assessment decisions in addition to supporting a creative and productive learning environment at home. Student Learning Plans are identified and reviewed.


Education is Everyone’s Business – The school breaks down barriers between the school and community, serving the community while giving the whole community responsibility for education.


Internships/Real-World Learning – Learning is centered on real work, in context, with significance outside of school.  Adult mentors connect students to their interest and world of work.


Culture for Change – Uplifting Education’s philosophy remains flexible, embracing change, and responding to the needs of our students and their communities.

Diagram illustrating a Balanced Education where heart is stressed more than intellect or norms.

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Our Design - We believe students become productive citizens when they are challenged and mentored in leadership, problem solving, and thinking skills while engaged in worthwhile tasks that are personally meaningful and have significance outside of school. At Uplifting Education: 


  • A student and his or her parent(s) work with an advisor to identify a student’s interest and develop a learning plan as an extension of the student’s interests.

  • Learning is centered on real work, in context, that has significance outside of school.  Adult mentors connect students to their interests and the world of work.  Students have meaningful communications with advisors, mentors, and peers.

  • Students are respected for their individuality and diversity.  The students and staff support and learn from one another.

  • Students receive extensive adult mentoring and advising.

  • Students see a connection between the behavior and attitudes they are being asked to demonstrate at school and in the community/workplace.  The teaching of productive character traits and basic life skills is evident and consistent with real-world expectations and standards.

  • Students have opportunities to work cooperatively with others and to be a productive and contributing member of a team.

  • Students complete meaningful projects and solve challenging problems in an internship setting by learning and applying academic skills and knowledge.

  • Students become aware of what they are expected to learn, know what they have learned, and can identify what they still need to learn.

  • Students formally provide exhibitions of their work and study online through conferencing to advisors, parents, and other students. They are evaluated on their work as a reflection of both school and community standards.

  • Students become aware of their individual interest and talents and learn how to seek out internship opportunities to work on relevant projects that interest them.


The culture, climate, and practices of the school reflect the individualized nature of the instructional program.  Advisors advocate and mentor each student so that they are engaged in his/her own learning.  Parents are active partners in the education by helping to set quarterly learning goals at scheduled meetings and participating in the evaluation of their child’s progress at exhibitions and a review of student portfolios. Community members work with individual students as mentors, teaching the skills and attitudes required to complete real work in a business/community setting.  Uplifting Education creates a structure, instructional methods, and a learning environment that supports students to become self-motivated, competent, life-long learners.

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