Cultivating Lifelong Learning in Three Steps
Learning isn’t just about the intellect. To learn successfully and deeply, and students must acquire the organizational abilities, social skills, and academic practices necessary to take responsibility for their learning and participate effectively in collegiate and professional communities. At Insight, the cultivation of these essential qualities is seamlessly integrated into students’ High School experiences as they pass through one or more educational phases: Conduct, Focus, and Insight. During each of these phases, students have specific objectives related to their use of the on campus study halls, their personal responsibility and initiative, their participation in seminar style courses, and their contributions to the community.
Director of Programs Christopher Luna meets with an advisee in the Insight phase to discuss her progress and talk through next steps.
During the Conduct phase, students learn how to manage their time to complete daily and semester-long tasks, keep in good communication with their instructors and advisors. They learn to do research in an academic library, write formal papers, and apply mathematical analysis to real-life scenarios using spreadsheets or basic programming. And they learn to respect and uphold Insight’s Community Standard.
Students who pass through Conduct will be moved on to the Focus phase, where interdisciplinary learning and student-led interests are expanded. In this phase, students use the organizational and technical skills acquired during Conduct to direct their own research, using courses as a springboard from which to develop their passions. They are expected to produce work of increasing rigor and depth, and to take a role of increasing leadership in the school community.
After demonstrating this deepened responsibility and commitment to learning, students may pass from Focus into the Insight phase. During this phase, students undertake a year long project that demonstrates their ability to do professional interdisciplinary work that meets the expectations of real-world experts. In their coursework they are expected to go beyond the boundaries of what’s being taught, supplementing the experiences of their peers with their own research. When they complete this phase, they will have made an enduring contribution to the Insight community.
As students proceed through one or more of these phases under the close mentorship of their advisor, they gain exceptional preparation for the world of college and professional life.