NWFS Upper Classman (13-17yr)
In Plane 3 we adjust our approach slightly, as it is a time of many ideas of inventiveness, creativity, and unique inspired leaps in perspective and understanding!
This upper classman enrichment program has an added focus of Health & Wellness and larger more complex student-let projects.
Our Example Schedule
(8:15-8:30 am Arrivals, if student is driving themselves, a parking ID will be assigned to them)
8:30 a.m. : Opening the day / Checking-in (Outdoor*)(Outdoors/weather permitting)
9:00 a.m. : Presentation / Inspiration
9:30-11:30 p.m. : Journaling/Language Arts/Math (Waldorf/Montessori/Classical/Traditional)
11:30-12:00 p.m. : Health/ Wellness/ Physical Education (Outdoors/weather permitting)
12:00-12:30 p.m.: Lunch (Indoor/Outdoor)(Outdoors/weather permitting)
12:30-1:00 p.m. : Journaling/Humanities
1:00-3:00 p.m.: Outdoor Session & Snack
3:00-3:30 p.m.: Closing Connection (Outdoors/weather permitting)
Pick-up 3:30 to 3:40 p.m.
3:30-4:00 p.m.: Snack & Sit-Spot
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.: After School Sunsetters Program / Creative Arts (Outdoors/weather permitting)
Pick-up 5:00-5:15 p.m
Student Size: 6 - Our upper classman size is limited to "small group" with a maximum enrollment of 6 students. (All limits will be increasing with time, building availability, and staffing - for the 2022, 2023, 2024 years, we are limited to a total of 15 students. We have openings for 9 for Plane 2, and 6 for Plane 3, this ratio may fluctuate slightly. )
All activities are "weather permitting" on the same basis we use for the Plane 2 students - any inclement weather and the class will relocate to the school building to finish out the activities.
We offer music lessons on campus during regular school hours, this is included in tuition. Instrument fees are not, so each families that wishes to participate, can choose their investment or rental costs to fit their own budget.
Our "Sunsetter " extended hours are available to the upper classman as well. Dismissal is between 5:00-5:15 p.m.
We have extra curricular opportunities, these are shared with our younger students, and they are offered seasonally.
What changes for Phase 3?
This schedule reflects the foundational core is consolidated into a block for older students to move quickly through in a self-paced manner.
We have added a Health/Wellness/Physical Education program to the upper classman schedule, this helps older students develop positive lifelong habits to take with them as their journey continues! Northwoods limits topics to general health and wellness, we do not feel it is the Northwoods Programs' place to teach sexuality /gender topics - this should be done at home with open conversations between child and parent/guardian.
Our "Outdoor Session" is a group project, that will focus on hands on problem solving and collaboration. Some examples would be: design and build a chicken coop, develop clay mixture and craft outdoor wood stove, etc. These project are rooted in skill development, sustainability, and self-sufficiency - as well as incorporating fundamental academics!
We are happy to work with NWFS families to develop a post-secondary option. The fees for PSO are determined at the time of request and can be included in tuition.