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[Work] on the land is an introduction both to nature and to civilization and gives a limitless field for scientific and historic studies .... [There] is an opportunity to learn both academically and through actual experiences what are the elements of social life.

                                                                                                               -- Maria Montessori

Our program of study built upon the concepts of

  • place as prepared environment

  • connection to nature through stewardship

  • economic independence

  • contribution to an understanding of man’s supra nature (museum)

  • Structure of Inquiry    

  • Challenging intellectual and physical activities

  • Adult-like opportunities and challenges; economic endeavors

  • Negotiating relationships, responsibilities, shared space, shared duties, shared time

  • Recognition and valorization by the community for authentic contributions

  • A business environment

  • A market for selling products and/or services

  • A connection to a real community, operating in a real place and in real time with real work

  • A set of shared values and aspirations

  • Memberships as a decisionmaker

  • Some connection with nature and place.

  • Contexts for study and inquiry-based understanding:

What challenges did others face and how did they resolve them?