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An Environment Where Teen Learning Thrives

Students can be
Activists Scholars Designers Scientists Authors Artists

     while they’re still in high school
     at Insight Colearning Center.

Effective Learning is …

Individualized

Students are supported over four years with one-on-one advising from experienced faculty who help students to develop and cultivate their own research interests.

Social

No one learns in isolation. We cultivate social learning not only in the classroom, but also in a supervised study hall where students work and discuss their learning.

Authentic

Our seminar-style courses are taught by experts in their fields, usually possessing one or more advanced degrees and drawing on their real-world experience.

Experience + Devotion

Susan Haws

Executive Director Susan Haws is an experienced researcher-educator with a lifelong interest in promoting and facilitating positive youth development. She started her career in Teach For America and led a grassroots effort to add a middle school to Central Park School for Children in Durham in 2013.

Christopher Luna

As Director of Programs and Lead Teacher, Christopher Luna brings to Insight a lifelong commitment to the science and practice of teaching and learning. Through student advising and seminar-style teaching, Christopher guides students to develop autonomy as lifelong learners.

A Three Phase Model of Education

Conduct → Focus → Insight

In traditional high school, students pass through a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year, and advancement through these milestones is almost exclusively determined by age. We divide the four years of high school into three phases, each devoted to a different aspect of a student’s learning: Conduct, followed by Focus, and then Insight.

CONDUCT

Their first year at Insight supports students in their transition from a more traditional style of secondary school to a seminar-style learning environment with greater student freedom and responsibility, both to themselves and to their various communities.

While taking classes with their more senior peers, students in this phase of their education learn how to read and respond to a syllabus, manage their time between seminars, engage constructively in critical discussion, and monitor their own learning.

FOCUS

During their second and third years, students use the skills they gained in their first year to make interdisciplinary connections and do independent research.

This phase prompts high school students to design their own interdisciplinary “major,” a theme or set of research interests that ties together the learning they do in literature, the physical sciences, history, and mathematics, helping them to make rich connections between what they’re learning and a wider world.

INSIGHT

A year-long capstone project supported by a few advanced learning activities gives students the opportunity to materialize the learning of the previous three years.

For this culminating project, students may get involved with or found community initiatives, produce high-quality original research, create intensive artistic projects, or start a small business. Faculty and staff work closely with students during their final year to keep their projects grounded in their learning.

CONDUCT

Their first year at Insight supports students in their transition from a more traditional style of high school to a seminar-style learning environment with greater student freedom and responsibility, both to themselves and to their various communities.

While taking classes with their more senior peers, students in this phase of their education learn how to read and respond to a syllabus, manage their time between seminars, engage constructively in critical discussion, and monitor their own learning.

FOCUS

During their second and third years, students use the skills they gained in their first year to make interdisciplinary connections and do independent research.

This phase prompts high school students to design their own interdisciplinary "major," a theme or set of research interests that ties together the learning they do in literature, the physical sciences, history, and mathematics, helping them to make rich connections between what they're learning and a wider world.

INSIGHT

A year-long capstone project supported by a few advanced learning activities gives students the opportunity to materialize the learning of the previous three years.

For this culminating project, students may get involved with or found community initiatives, produce high-quality original research, create intensive artistic projects, or start a small business. Faculty and staff work closely with students during their final year to keep their projects grounded in their learning.

Get in Touch to Learn More

Conveniently Located

Insight Colearning Center is currently holding Core Courses at:

1305 W Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27705

Send us an email to schedule your visit!

The Insight Colearning Center admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights , privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.