At the core of every day at The Forest School you will find freedom within structure.  While our students have a firm daily schedule, every day is different because of the broad offerings of new subject matter and opportunities to explore provided by our projects and Quests. A typical school day starts with an inspiring or enlightening launch discussion, followed by a significant block time for students to work on core skills (about 90 minutes). Students have flexibility to move about and learn wherever and however they are most comfortable.

During that time they will typically offer and seek assistance to their fellow learners and Guides. Learners can also take breaks as needed, snack or drink as needed, and generally govern their time and effort to best support their personal learning. Our students are very respectful of the daily schedule and plan their day accordingly. Activity breaks are scheduled for the morning and afternoon. Typically we have a large block of time in the afternoon focused on our current project, as well as smaller blocks of time in the morning or afternoon for exploration into art, music, history, and other special subjects of interest to the students.


Sample Daily Schedule for Elementary Studio:


8:00 – 8:30am – Children arrive
8:30am – Launch begins promptly
8:45am – 9:30am Core Skills (Reading/Math/Writers Workshop)
9:30 – 10:15am – Outdoor Free Time/Recess
10:15 – 11:15am – Core Skills (Reading/Math/Spelling)
11:15am – 12:00pm – Board Games and/or Specials
12:00pm – 12:30pm – Lunch
12:30pm – 1:15pm – Launch & Project Time
1:15pm – 1:45pm – Afternoon Recess & Free Time
1:45pm – 2:45pm – Project Time and/or Specials
2:45pm – 3:00pm – Studio Maintenance
3:00pm – Daily Close & Reflection
3:15pm – Dismissal


Sample Daily Schedule for Middle School Studio:


8:00 – 8:30am – Learners arrive
8:30am – 8:45am – Morning Launch with Socratic Discussions
8:45am – 11:30am – Goal Setting & Core Skills (Reading/Math/Writing)
11:30am – 12:30pm – Lunch & Free Time
12:30pm – 12:45pm – Afternoon Launch with Socratic Discussions
12:45pm – 2:45pm – Quests & Report on Goals
2:45pm – 3:00pm – Studio Maintenance
3:00pm – 3:15pm Daily Close & Reflection
3:15pm – Dismissal


Sample Daily Schedule for High School Studio:


8:00 – 8:30am – Students arrive
8:30am – Launch begins promptly
9am – 11:30am Core Skills (Reading/Math/Writing/Civilization)
11:30am – 12:15pm – Lunch
12:15pm – 1:00pm – Fitness
1:00pm – 2:45pm – Launch & Project Time or Leave for Apprenticeships
2:45pm – 3pm – Studio Maintenance
3:00pm – Daily Close & Reflection
3:15pm – Dismissal