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Our Principles

The Thinking Behind the Learning

A philosophy to grow by

It’s not every day that a school gets the chance to build its curriculum from the ground up. With Revolution School, we are fortunate to be able to take a principled approach based on current research in education from around the globe.

We design for outcomes that lead to personal development and high levels of engagement, program growth and real world impact. We’re built to remain current.

We build on research and learning criteria that support essential knowledge, future-ready skills, and habits for success. In everything we do, we keep the four pillars of our educational philosophy in mind:

We believe, just as learners are always growing and learning, so should our teaching practices.

Diversity

In our leadership, faculty, and student body, we strive to embody the beautiful diversity of our home city. We deeply value differences in race, culture, language, ethnicity, class, gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, age

and physiological ability, and believe that bringing varied experiences and perspectives into a community benefits both the individual and the whole.

What does diversity look like at Revolution School?

None of us check who we are at the door to school. Everyone’s personal story is part of our learning.

Individual ways of being and belonging become part of the culture of the school through our co-constructed norms and agreed-upon expectations.

Our community partnerships intentionally open doors to authentic interaction with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Our innovative sliding scale tuition model embraces socio-economic diversity.

Exploration

Bruce Mau, a designer who worked with the Henry Ford Academy once said, “We have places in our society that are already rich with culture and content. Why do we build an empty box and then try to make it rich?”

Place-based learning is learning rooted in the community where it takes place. In Philadelphia, we have a city rich with history, living science, working networks, and vibrant social systems. Our program brings students to those resources rather than trying to only imitate them in a classroom building.

How does exploratory learning happen at Revolution School?

Students work with local professionals to make learning relevant and achieve immediate, real-world impact.

Our students have opportunities to present their learning to authentic community audiences for feedback and revision, building life-based knowledge and important connections.

Our schedule includes flexible time for learning beyond the classroom: at local businesses and organizations, science labs, civic spaces, natural environments, and more.

Students utilize the most current technology and practice skills used by today’s experts, gaining exposure to the cutting edge of industry and enterprise.

Connection

School innovation requires a coalition. Our model is designed to unleash the learning that happens when students and communities come together to listen, learn and lead.

We closely collaborate with partners to deliver a curriculum that develops skills, habits and dispositions for action. While foundational skills are built through systematic practice, they are internalized when used through purposeful action.

How does connection come to life at Revolution School?

We closely collaborate with partners to deliver a curriculum that develops skills, habits and dispositions for action. While foundational skills are built through systematic practice, they are internalized when used through purposeful action.

Students take their learning into the world and see the context of their experiences through direct links with academic content.

Revolution School uniquely connects students across Philadelphia to problem solvers, innovative leaders, and creative thinkers and prepares them to one day step into those roles themselves.

Personalization

We’re creating an environment that fosters a healthy, productive and supportive school culture with a focus on emotional and physical health and wellness.

Our goals are empowerment,  belonging, personal achievement, resilience, and the ability for every student to wield their strengths.

What does personalization look like at Revolution School?

A strong advisory program that prioritizes social skill development, relationship-building, and advocacy for self and others.

The intentional incorporation of mindfulness such as structured reflection and meditation practices.

Our program teaches and incorporates future-ready skills essential in the workplace.

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