Our Educational Philosophy
Our school will be an Expeditionary Learning (EL) School. Expeditionary Learning is a not-for-profit organization that partners with charter boards to open new schools. The EL model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in school. At the Lillie May Carroll Jackson School…
- Learning is active. Students are scientists, urban planners, historians and activists, investigating real community problems and collaborating with peers to develop creative, actionable solutions.
- Learning is challenging. Students at all levels are pushed and supported to do more than they think they can. Excellence is expected in the quality of their work and thinking.
- Learning is meaningful. Students apply their skills and knowledge to real-world issues and problems and make positive change in their communities. They see the relevance of their learning and are motivated by understanding that learning had purpose.
- Learning is public. Through formal structures of presentation, exhibition, critique, and data analysis, students and teachers build a shared vision of pathways to achievement.
- Learning is collaborative. School leaders, teachers, students, and families share rigorous expectations for quality work, achievement, and behavior. Trust, respect, responsibility, and joy in learning permeate the school culture.
The Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School is a charter middle school for girls following the Expeditionary Learning school design. You may be more familiar with the phrase “project-based learning.” This allows our scholars to learn through the hands-on approach, ensuring a deeper level of understanding and a longer lasting impression. This type of learning will ultimately lead to success, both in the classroom and in life.