Launch Pad: Ages 14-18
Learning Based on Doing, Adventure & Group Challenges
Every student is a hero, on a hero’s journey. We at Earthy Academy believe students discover that journey by having the freedom to explore many different subjects which interest them. With that freedom, they will find what they are truly passionate about.
Launch pad students want responsibility. They want to be trusted, to be challenged, they want to go out and explore, experience the world, learn hands on, discover new things for themselves, have the freedom and support to actively pursue their interests, and feel belonging in a cooperative and kind group of peers.
The launch pad experience is very open ended and learner driven. Students discover their passions, research and pursue careers that interest them, become proficient at elegantly transferring thought into writing, and plan out all the details of their travel adventures.
Ingraining empathetic and considerate social skills and maintaining a strong sense of culture are big priorities in the high school launch pad. Various group activities, games, and challenges will be implemented daily- giving every student a chance to be a leader, problem solver, peace maker, and team player.
Students learn through Quests
Quests are thought provoking challenges, often with many different methods in which they can be solved. Instead of being taught-to, students learn by becoming genuinely curious and interested in all the various elements they must become familiar with in order to solve the quest.
Quests in many different subjects happen daily, with students free to choose which subjects interest them most. The various subjects include:
– Technology (programming & computer skills)
– Art & Ceramics
– Foreign Language
Writing is emphasized in every quest. Students will have daily opportunities to write down thoughts, concepts learned, create poetry, write essays and peer read other student’s essays. Having the ability to articulate one’s thoughts in a clear and concise way is a skill Earthy Academy regards highly.
Nature explorations and travel are a big emphasis in the Earthy Academy High School Launch Pad. Students will be challenged to select and plan many of the travel destinations and adventures. Smaller adventures will occur several times a month, with large travel excursions happening several times during the year. Examples of these adventures could include:
-River & Waterfall Hikes
– Scuba Diving
– Boat Excursions
– Camping & Star Gazing
– Rock Climbing
– Paddle boarding
– River Rafting
-Travel to other countries
The High School students will have opportunities to explore different farms and trails throughout the island, helping them to develop a love of nature and respect for the Aina. While on field trips, students will be outside daily and are expected to dress appropriately for rainy weather (rain coat, pants & boots which can be stored overnight in their cubbies). Beautiful Maui’s temperature ranges from 65 degrees F to 80 degrees F year round, so it is always warm enough to be outside.
Because some students are naturally early risers and some are not- students are free to arrive at campus starting at 8 am through 9 am
8 am- 9:15 am: Free Time
9:15 am- 9:30 am: Socratic Discussion
9:30 am- 10 am: Group Challenge
10 am- 10:15 am: Daily Tasks
10:15 am- 12 am: Quests
12 pm- 12:30 pm: Lunch
12:30 pm- 2 pm: Quest
2 pm- 2:45 pm: Free Time
2:45 pm- 3 pm: Closing Discussion & Tidy Up
3 pm – 3:15: Pickup
3:15 pm – 5 pm: Aftercare (paid $7 per hour)
Creating a culture of inclusion, empathy, kindness, generosity, and love is our most important priority at Earthy Academy. When our culture feels like everyone is family, and we all take care of each other- then all other learning aspects fall into place. We are constantly seeking to create a culture of cooperation instead of competition. We use story to paint a deep and impactful image of the journey each student is embarking upon when entering Earthy Academy. They are the hero, on a hero’s journey- and we are here to only be the guide.
This is a journey of self discovery as much as it is of self-growth. Your teen will become a part of something bigger than him/herself and you will be amazed at how they will rise to the occasion.
Earthy Academy does not give out letter grades. Instead, we utilize a sophisticated software which systematically tracks every piece of work accomplished by the student. Students earn “Badges” by completing all required quests, papers and other assignments outlined in a certain subject.
Earthy Academy does not highly regard the ability to memorize and recite information, instead badges can only be obtained once information and skills have been learned, applied and demonstrated. This method ensures mastery in each subject.
High School Diploma and College Readiness
All launch pad students that maintain a steady pace with earning badges will have learned everything required for a high school diploma 1-2 years before graduation. Because of the accelerated level of mastery, launch pad students have time to plan travels, go on group adventures, attend internships and pursue college level courses.
Is the Earthy Academy High School Diploma “valid”?
The only “valid diploma” is one backed by high quality work. Because every piece of a middle school or Launch pad student’s work is saved in a badge and can be reviewed with a few clicks on our Tracker software, all of a student’s high quality work is readily available for any college or University to view. Earthy Academy has a system for translating badges into a traditional transcript. All launch pad graduates receive a beautiful diploma and a transcript that looks like any other high quality High school.
How will colleges and universities view an Earthy Academy Diploma?
Many colleges and universities today are desperate to enroll high quality students. The most selective universities, schools such as Stanford and Vanderbilt, recruit alternative schoolers and homeschoolers with higher acceptance rates than traditional students.
Launch pad graduates will have a choice. They can use their transcript to go the “traditional diploma-transcript route”- a good plan for second tier state universities- or take the “alternative school” path so they stand out at a school such as Harvard.