Our Academic Model
Using an educational model that blends rigorous academic instruction with learning expeditions that are rooted in social justice and liberatory design thinking, the Social Justice School creates an educational space where students across difference engage critically with the world and interrupt systems of inequality toward designing equitable systems with equal outcomes: liberation for all and a non-hierarchical society.
Life also happens outside of the classroom and we believe that learning should too. We explore real world issues by reading texts and studying social justice issues that matter to our students. Classes will relate themes to topical issues and projects relate to matters facing our communities right now.
We believe that every child should belong to a tight-knit family and that’s your CREW -- it’s like home room but way better. Each CREW features an adult mentor and no more than six students. Students meet with their CREW once a day discussing everything from politics, social issues, school projects and pop culture.
LIBERATORY DESIGN THINKING
In their Liberation Design Lab class, we teach our students how to tackle real-world problems using a problem-solving process called design thinking.
It involves research, experimentation and hands on work with raw materials to develop prototypes that will deliver cutting edge solutions to issues that we see in our community.
We are building a culture of inclusiveness where the cultures of students and families are represented in the schools’ curriculum and are valued by every member of the school community. Our community is intentionally integrated across ethnicity, class, and home language.