A Flexible Alternative
The Pi Program, Chimacum's alternative school program, empowers families to participate in their children's education. It is a flexible program aimed at students who wish to live life to the fullest. Less constraining than more conventional school programs, Pi allows students greater opportunities for pursuing their personal interests. It allows these interests to be more effectively integrated into their lives.
A dynamic program, Pi gives dedicated students opportunities that are not available in the regular, on-campus program. There are numerous options: students may take classes in regular public school classrooms, classes that are done entirely at home, or Pi classes, which are done partly on campus and partly at home.
Pi's educational philosophy is that all students are highly capable in some way. With plenty of family and school support, an individual learning plan can be developed which will allow the student to make the most of her or his talents, allowing them to become strong students and successful people. Strong, successful students often choose the Pi Program in order to have better opportunities to pursue their other interests.
Students in the Pi Program document their learning by recording the time they spend on schoolwork, in addition to creating products and taking exams. Instead of doing all the work on campus, they do much of it at home. Family support is critical to success. Students can arrange their lives so that work is done at times convenient to them.
Several Pi classes are held at off-campus locations. Pi students may find themselves rowing across Port Townsend Bay or hiking through the Olympic Mountains. They can get out in the world and learn about it firsthand. In Pi, students have the opportunity to deal with real-world situations, yet remain in a controlled environment.
-This text was written by D.R., an 11th grade student, and edited by A.K, a 10th grade student.
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