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Old 02-29-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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Our family maybe relocating to LA. One of our biggest concerns is find the right schools for our two boys. I need to figure this out so that we can jump to the next step of purchasing a house.

Ive been searching the web for info but LA is so huge I dont really know where to start. Ideally wed love a progressive school with a strong academic program. Love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks!
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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define "progressive" school?
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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Here are a few characteristics that I just stole from google.


Most progressive education programs have these qualities in common:

Emphasis on learning by doing hands-on projects, expeditionary learning, experiential learning
Integrated curriculum focused on thematic units
Strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking
Group work and development of social skills
Understanding and action as the goals of learning as opposed to rote knowledge
Collaborative and cooperative learning projects
Education for social responsibility and democracy
Integration of community service and service learning projects into the daily curriculum
Selection of subject content by looking forward to ask what skills will be needed in future society
De-emphasis on textbooks in favor of varied learning resources
Emphasis on life-long learning and social skills
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:11 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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crossroads.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:51 PM
 
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Sounds very similar to home schooling.
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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Thanks. I just checked out their website and it looks great. But the $30k tuition is not in the cards anytime soon.
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:27 PM
 
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You're generally going to be looking at private schools, and private schools cost. The ones that best fit your description are Wildwood, New Roads, and Crossroads. There are others too but all will be very expensive. Financial aid is available but very competitive.

So you have to look at public schools. Well, if you live in Santa Monica most of the public schools somewhat fit that mold. LAUSD, not so much.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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Thanks so much. I now have a great jumping off point.

Greatly appreciated.
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