At Williamsburg Intermediate, we aim to provide the highest quality, online project-based education available to intermediate age students. We do this through offering an integrated curriculum with caring mentors, and engaging, meaningful projects. At the center of everything we do and offer is our Leadership program.
Our Leadership curriculum covers the following subjects:
- Self leadership
- Public leadership
- Heroes, Adventures, Gifts & Barriers
- Creative writing
- Crocodiles International Leadership concepts
- Effective study and scheduling concepts and habits
Effective study and scheduling concepts and habits
Students who learn to study and schedule effectively in middle school are far more capable of excelling in the middle and high school, and beyond. We mentor students in these topics through weekly scheduling submissions, and through projects and class time lessons and discussions. Initially we rely on parents to schedule a weekly session with their student to review the coming week’s assignments and create a workable schedule with them. Our goal is to not only understand basic concepts of effective study and scheduling, but also to make those concepts habits in our lives, adapted to each person’s unique personality and abilities.
Students moving from childhood to young adulthood are experiencing unfamiliar, uncomfortable change. At this age it is natural to begin asking questions about identity, potential, capacity and nature. They begin to push beyond boundaries of family and home, and their wonderings and wanderings move towards people and experiences outside of what they have previously known. At the same time, students this age often experience mini-crises when previous definitions of self, worth, truth, and friendship seem to collide or contrast with new experiences and ideas. Typically, pre-teens chart their course through this emotional wasteland without map or compass; they attempt to navigate based on shallow friendships, fluctuating emotions, unstable self worth, and uncertainty about their future.
At Williamsburg Intermediate, we begin every day with helping students discover the hidden potential for leadership in each challenge they face. Rather than seeing this time of life as a time to be endured, students come to see the particular significance their efforts have. They begin to uncover nascent leadership capacities.
In small classes with inspiring mentors, students learn to survey their lives and themselves with the help of unchanging truths; life soon feels less accidental and more creative. In Leadership classes students identify their own unique heroes, adventures, gifts and barriers, and establish patterns of turning to these guidelines. They learn that amidst changing hormones, friendships and circumstances, they can uncover their inner strengths and inspirations, and find anchoring guidance through purposeful patterns. The path of self-discovery becomes a joy and an adventure rather than mindless, purposeless race to the end.
How it works
Live class interaction
Live interaction in the Leadership program centers around pod meetings, and tutor hours.
- Leadership Pod Meetings. Students meet daily in groups of 9 to 12 with a leadership coach. In these personalized settings, students find daily inspiration and accountability. Small group meetings and leadership coaches are key elements in allowing each student to be known, be successful and be recognized for his or her educational efforts on a daily basis. We visit with guests who have overcome incredible odds; we share what we have learned about ourselves and each other; and we discuss inspirational literature.
- Tutor hours: All Leadership Coaches have time on Fridays during the regular class time to meet with students. This one-on-one time helps students focus and personalize their learning, and helps mentors get to know their students on a more personal, relatable level.
Individual work outside of class
In addition to seminars and pod meetings, students spend time outside of class working on readings, assignments and projects their mentor has assigned. Frequently these goals will intersect with other program material. For example, a student enrolled in the STEM program might make goals revolving around their work in STEM class, along with a personal goal for that week. Students also spend time reading inspirational works, preparing to share what they have learned with their pod group, family and friends.
Here is a downloadable list of all texts used in the 2013-14 school year: Texts for 2013-14