Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
General Information about UnSchool
What is UnSchool?
UnSchool is a learning community committed to redefining education for the 21st century by focusing on nurturing competencies, creativity, and character across a broad spectrum of subjects. We emphasize hands-on learning, real-world application, and cultivating essential meta-skills like critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
How is UnSchool different from traditional schools?
Unlike traditional schools that often take a one-size-fits-all approach, UnSchool adapts to each learner's unique interests, strengths, and learning styles. Our curriculum is dynamic, promoting active learning, collaboration rather than competition, and connecting classroom learning to real-world contexts.
How does UnSchool's campus support its educational philosophy?
Spread across six floors in a 9000-square-foot building, UnSchool's campus is centrally air-conditioned, spacious, and equipped with Ultra High Speed WiFi. The campus provides a vibrant ecosystem supporting holistic education with generous access to technology, ensuring a rich learning environment.
Curriculum and Learning Approach
What does the UnSchool curriculum include?
UnSchool offers a diverse curriculum spanning Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Formal Sciences, Applied Sciences, Arts & Design, and Physical Education, integrating real-world issues to foster curiosity and exploration.
What are Learning Tribes at UnSchool?
Learning Tribes are collaborative groups at UnSchool where students are grouped based on shared learning interests rather than age or grade. This emphasizes personal learning journeys while fostering community, participation, and 21st-century skills.
What is Project-Based Learning at UnSchool?
Project-Based Learning (PBL) at UnSchool involves students undertaking interdisciplinary projects to apply knowledge, solve real-world problems, and create tangible products. It promotes critical thinking, collaboration, and active learning.
Assessment and Feedback
How does UnSchool assess students' progress?
UnSchool takes a constructive approach to assessment by blending the examination of student work with observations by teachers and parents. This provides a comprehensive understanding of each student's growth rather than relying solely on grades.
What are Direct and Indirect Assessments at UnSchool?
Direct Assessments include tangible evidence like exams and projects, while Indirect Assessments consist of subtle observations by teachers and parents about the student's behavior, engagement, and overall development.
Extracurricular and Community Engagement
Can you tell me about UnSchool's Living History program?
UnSchool's Living History program invites elders from the community to share their life stories and experiences, allowing students to connect with history in a personal and meaningful way. It fosters intergenerational dialogue, understanding, and empathy.
What is the UnTimes News Paper and Podcast?
UnTimes News Paper and Podcast are student-driven initiatives where learners become journalists, editors, and narrators, covering a wide range of topics and sharing their perspectives with the broader community.
How can my child join UnSchool?
Interested parents can contact UnSchool through the contact form provided on our website. Our team will follow up with additional information, answer any questions, and guide you through the enrollment process.
Does UnSchool accept students from outside traditional school systems?
Yes, UnSchool is open to all students who seek a dynamic, holistic, and personalized learning experience.
What career opportunities are available at UnSchool?
UnSchool offers full-time and part-time facilitator positions, as well as internship opportunities for college students.
How can I apply for a position at UnSchool?
Interested candidates can apply through our website's careers section by filling out an application form. We welcome passionate individuals who share our vision for transformative education.
What is Outlier: Entrepreneurship Unbound at UnSchool?
Outlier is an entrepreneurship program at UnSchool where students can form founder teams, develop ideas, and launch ventures with mentorship from industry experts.
Is Outlier open to students not enrolled at UnSchool?
Yes, Outlier welcomes all aspiring entrepreneurs, whether they are part of UnSchool or not.
What facilities does the UnSchool campus offer?
UnSchool's campus includes a play zone, farming/gardening area, arts and crafts zone, state-of-the-art science lab, library with 20,000 books, and an innovative Maker Space.
Community and Parent Involvement
How can parents get involved in the UnSchool community?
UnSchool values parent involvement and offers various opportunities for parents to engage in their child's education, including regular communication, participation in events, and collaborative assessment sessions.
What educational methods does UnSchool use in the classroom?
UnSchool employs learner-centered methods inspired by the Socratic method for inquiry-based learning and the Harkness method for collaborative learning, emphasizing active participation and critical thinking.
How does UnSchool prepare students for future opportunities and career paths?
UnSchool prepares students for diverse pathways by aligning with globally accepted educational standards and focusing on holistic development, which includes meta-skills like creativity, problem-solving, and adaptability.