Project based learning is a teaching philosophy that capitalizes on critical thinking and problem solving using channels that involve collaboration and self-management. At Wasatch Academy, we believe that the principles of project based learning are an essential part of education and have built PBL (project based learning) into every class and course on campus. We ask every student in every class to design and implement a project of their own devising. We provide our students with different mediums to develop specified knowledge and skills through a variety of different project based learning opportunities. Boarding high schools are an ideal setting for students to take risks, explore curiosity and experiment — while learning valuable life skills. At Wasatch Academy, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of PBL and encouraging student advocacy and student agency through project based learning.
Project Based Learning Inspires Inquiry
Our teachers embrace all of the principles of project based learning through unique class offerings such as Robotics, service projects that involve cleaning up public spaces and working as mentors with local youth. The safe environment of the boarding high school provide students with an optimal space for opportunity; in the smaller group setting provided here at Wasatch Academy , students are encouraged to question their surroundings, test their preconceptions, take risks and evolve both academically and socially. Our teachers encourage students to ask challenging questions without fear of failure — an integral part of learning within boarding high schools.
Learning Through Service Projects
Required service projects are one of the most important aspects of project based learning experiences. At Wasatch Academy, our students are immersed in service projects that transform them into valuable, important members of the surrounding community. Whether our students are engaged in a service project in Tanzania or in the local Mt. Pleasant community, students are encouraged to take charge of their education through hands-on experiences. In each and every class, students design and implement their own projects under the watchful eye of experienced instructors who integrate PBL into the course syllabus and into the general curriculum.
Students Develop a Unique Voice With Project Based Learning
Boarding high schools are the ideal place to foster a team-oriented environment through project based learning. At Wasatch Academy, we equip our students with the ability to inquire, learn and develop their own unique voice through the creation of new projects. Peer feedback is an important aspect of high school learning projects — at Wasatch Academy, we encourage our students to test new ideas, discuss creative projects and engage with their peers in a positive environment.