This has got to be one of the most innovative schools out there. Read the story about it in EdWeek. The first few paragraphs are below.
At $43K Private School, Tech Opens Doors to Different World
A Multimedia Look Inside the Beaver Country Day School
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Joshua Glenn wants his two sons to leave high school ready to flourish in the high-tech world that awaits them.
That’s a big reason why he’s paying $43,360 a year for each boy to attend the prestigious Beaver Country Day Schoolhere.
“I like the fact that Beaver uses technology as a tool for research. I like the fact that they use technology as a platform for self-expression and collaborative work. It’s extraordinary how they build computer coding right into the classes,” said Mr. Glenn, a marketing consultant from nearby Boston.
“It feels like Sam and Max will be able to move seamlessly from Beaver into real life,” he said.
Founded in 1920, Beaver Country Day, which enrolls 468 students in grades 6-12, offers what is arguably the best approach for using K-12 educational technology that money can buy.
Unlike many elite private schools, Beaver hasn’t shied away from the digital revolution.
And unlike many public schools, Beaver hasn’t positioned its students as passive consumers of others’ digital content.
Instead, Beaver has invested in efforts like NuVu, a standalone “innovation school” with no classes, no homework, and no tests. Each trimester, about 20 Beaver students forego the school’s main campus in favor of a pink-walled, 4,000-square foot room in Cambridge, strategically located near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
At NuVu, students take part in a rapid-fire series of two-week “studios” modeled on graduate-level architecture programs. The students’ task, for which they will receive credit back at Beaver: Conceive, design, and fabricate solutions to real-world problems.
At their disposal: a staff of architects, robotics engineers, and artists; experts from MIT, Harvard, and the business world; five 3-D printers; and a workshop outfitted with everything from a laser cutter to an industrial sewing machine.
Junior Laurel Sullivan, 17, spent this past winter creating a life-saving wearable technology.