Artists are everywhere

Sometimes learners think, especially as they get older, that artists are limited to individuals who are skilled with a pencil or a brush. One of the ideas we are trying to help all the heroes understand, is that artists are everywhere…

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Welcoming Mary Faith Laughlin as our next Apprentice and Art Guide!

We are thrilled to announce that Mary Faith Laughlin will be Apprentice and Art Guide at The Forest School for the 2019-2020 school year! As Apprentice and Art Guide, Mary Faith will play a crucial role in all three—elementary, middle, and high—Studios, guiding learners, leading Socratic discussions, designing Quests, establishing community partnerships, and more. 

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We need your help—you can create scholarship funds for free!

There is an innovative Georgia tax credit program we want to take full advantage of: you can redirect your 2019 tax dollars to The Forest School. This is a fantastic opportunity because it costs you nothing, will likely reduce your federal tax burden, and will significantly help us provide scholarships to our heroes and in doing so improve the overall financial health of the school.

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Introducing the Medical Quest!

This session our middle school heroes (our term for students) are doing a deep dive into human biology, exploring the functions of body systems and researching diseases and medical conditions. There are three main projects they will complete over the next five weeks:

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Who Gives The Best Feedback? Week 24 in review

In most traditional schools, the teacher is the primary (if not only) provider of feedback to learners. Did your project meet the requirements of the assignment? How did your essay compare to the rubric? Did you follow the correct process in finding the value of x? The Forest School is different in many ways…

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Art Update February 2019

One of the beautiful benefits of working with children is observing what happens organically between them. The heroes are given the opportunity to create individually most days, however, on several occasions…

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Week 23 in Review: Hard work, Dedication, Focus

Hard work, Dedication, Focus

According to Fernando Bryant (Amber's husband), former NFL player for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Pittsburgh Steelers, there are three things it takes to get to the finish line when it really counts - hard work, dedication and focus. This week…

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Week 22 in Review: Learning To Live Together

Learning To Live Together

This session the heroes were granted a freedom they had longed for since day one: the ability to choose their own Quest groups. They had the following parameters to follow: 1) your group must be a mix of boys and girls; 2) you must represent…

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Week 21 in Review: Creation is hard work

Creation is hard work

The Hero’s Journey is a path that is anything but predictable. We don’t know when we’ll be called to leave the ordinary world, who our mentors will be or what trials we’ll face. We’ll meet many people along the way—some for a reason, some for a season, and perhaps, some for a lifetime. This week we said goodbye…

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Art Update January 2019

In December the heroes were invited to create a holiday window display, as you might see in stores during the season. We talked briefly about why stores create engaging displays, and the role of a display designer...the heroes had the opportunity to create a display that both represented the school and caused others to be curious about what (who) was inside…

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