George Lucas Educational Foundation
Schools That Work
Montpelier High School
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
What Is Personalization, Really?
Personalized learning means student agency, defining curriculum by real-life skills, defining learning expectations, encouraging self-knowledge, and teachers getting to know their students as people.
Mike Martin & Adam Bunting
Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning
Montpelier High School's service learning program integrates across the curriculum, utilizing a school greenhouse and gardens to provide food for the school district's lunch program.
Having Students Serve Their District
Visit a high school that incorporates service learning throughout the curriculum, including having biology classes produce greens for the cafeterias.
Recess for High School Students
Last year, Montpelier High shifted its schedule to free up 15 minutes -- for recess. Teachers and students find they are more calm and focused, with a camaraderie that continues into the classroom.
Unplugging From Stress
These high school students get a 15-minute recess every day––and teachers praise the benefits.
Integrated Studies: Sustainability and Cross-Curricular Connections
By connecting the theme of sustainability across multiple disciplines, the teachers at Montpelier High School have built a robust, integrated teaching approach that engages students and creates community.
Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Using a campus greenhouse, teachers in multiple disciplines collaborated to make connections to sustainability.
Community-Based Learning: Connecting Students With Their World
At Montpelier High School, community-based learning focuses on student interest to create internship opportunities that are designed to connect academic learning to the real world.
Connecting Coursework to the World Outside School
Students participate in local internships to explore their interests, realizing that learning isn’t confined to a classroom.