An innovative Arizona school that caught our eye

September 27, 2012 • Dan Loritz

If you have three minutes to spare, we recommend you take a look at this NBC piece about an innovative chartered school in Yuma, Arizona, which is challenging the status quo of education. Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School consists of one giant classroom with about 200 cubicles. At the school, teachers assume the role of tutors instead of group instructors, and its education model centers on computer-based individualized learning.

At Carpe Diem, students independently navigate online material so they can learn at their own pace. When they’re not at their computers, students spend time in classrooms where they participate in group workshops and can work individually with teachers. With no homework and no school on Fridays, one might be surprised to learn that Carpe Diem’s achievement levels significantly outpace the state average.

This exceptional school illustrates our belief that the only way to truly leave no child behind is through individualized learning. Education Evolving has seen the success of individualization in other chartered schools, which led us this year to draft and help enact the nation’s first legislation specifically encouraging individualized learning.

Carpe Diem is an example of a school which is innovating. It makes learning relevant to students and personalized to their aptitudes and pace of learning.

In showcasing Carpe Diem, even the mainstream media is starting to pay attention to a truth which continues to escape traditional education policy makers.