New Northern California High School Partners with Stanford and Facebook-backed Personalized Learning Platform

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+Impact School uses personalized-learning platform and academic adventures to graduate students with self-efficacy, grit and purpose

+Impact School in Northern California

+Impact School combines new education technology with project-based learning and character building

Located in Northern California, +Impact School at Tahoe Expedition Academy combines proven ed-tech platforms with experiential, project-based learning for grades 9-12.

As professors and college administrators complain about the increasing dependence of college students on their parents, and articles on how “helicopter parents are ruining college students” continue to make headlines, a new high school is curbing the effects of overparenting.

Located in Northern California, +Impact School at Tahoe Expedition Academy combines proven ed-tech platforms with experiential, project-based learning for grades 9-12.

+Impact School became the first independent school in the nation to partner with the Summit Basecamp program in April 2016. Developed in partnership with Stanford University and Facebook, Summit Basecamp is a personalized learning program with proven success helping teachers customize instruction and inspire self-directed learners.

As noted by The New York Times, Summit Basecamp “gives students a full view of their academic responsibilities for the year in each class and breaks them down into customizable lesson modules they can tackle at their own pace.”

The flexibility and self-driven nature of Summit Basecamp makes the program a great fit for +Impact School, whose education model is based on using adventure and self-driven learning as a mechanism to achieve deeper understanding of the curriculum, build character and leave lasting positive impacts on the community and world at large.

"We love the power of the personalized learning platform,” said Mark Kushner, +Impact School CEO and head of school. “+Impact students are able to accelerate their learning, work on semester-long projects and consult with experts in the field while spending over 30 days and nights on academic adventures. The program allows our teachers to work through the core curriculum more efficiently and validate the learning that’s happening outside the classroom. It’s a win-win for us.”

+Impact School’s model is distinguished in its use of “constructive adversity,” the school’s coined term for using intentional engagement with adverse elements to build students’ character. Whether by paddling a kayak through strong winds or delivering a TEDx Talk in front of a crowd, +Impact students develop the grit and self-confidence needed to teach themselves anything, take risks and make positive impacts.

“Research shows the peak learning zone exists just outside our comfort zone, which is also where the most personal growth occurs,” said Taylor Simmers, co-founder of +Impact School. “Our approach to learning uses constructive adversity to cultivate character and bring academics to life, creating lasting knowledge and skills. Using this personalized learning platform, we can track and assess students’ learning in real-time.”

+Impact School in Truckee, Calif. is the flagship campus for +Impact Schools, a future network of schools combining today’s top ed-tech platforms for an education rooted in project-based learning, personalization and stewardship.

+Impact School is a new independent school in Northern California for grades 9-12 pushing academic and intellectual boundaries. The school provides a robust academic program that uses cutting-edge education technology, rigorous content, powerful teaching and constructive adversity to prepare students for college and beyond. +Impact School empowers students to take control of their education and challenges them to have a positive impact on the local and global community.

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