Idea Charter School Gears Up For Boot Camp

By: Britney Shiflet Email
By: Britney Shiflet Email

As parents sign their kids up for classes and determine which courses will best benefit their child's needs, there is one more option that deserves consideration. It's a project-based school where kids design their own curriculum beside the aid of advisers. That school is the Idea Charter School in Weston.

Hosting courses and intermixing desk spaces for students from 6th-12th grade, the school is set up to allow students to design their own learning, including the execution of their own projects. This is a reason that the school has an application process and only accepts students who fit their expectations.

A boot camp will be held this upcoming Tuesday to help students transition from the normal school system set-up to charter school academia. Idea Charter School Adviser John Vanderwyst says, "It can be a difficult move for students since they have to take ownership of their own learning and even assign themselves homework, and that takes a lot of maturity."

To implement hands-on techniques for the students, they're recruiting experts and professionals in the community to visit the school for presentations and discussions on subjects ranging from health, to business, to economics.

Vanderwyst says the school is always looking for more help. He says they anticipate to build more contacts and connections with area businessmen as students get engaged with those companies.

There are still a few seats available at the school which will host around 80 students this year. For more information and for application information, you can visit their web site at

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