QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SCHOOL
How is Angeles Workshop School different from other private schools?
As a school adapted from many humanistic educational beliefs, we are dramatically, refreshingly different. Here are a few ways:
Time is managed organically, with student input and consensus. The teacher helps present educational objectives, and the students collaborate to form agreements and timelines regarding the process by which those objectives will be met.
Even without a bell dictating the division of the school day, Workshop students work intensely from morning to afternoon because of their ownership of the learning process.
In keeping with the humanistic value of self-evaluation, the Workshop does not assign mandatory homework, though a family may opt for at-home assignments if they desire them. Family time is respected.
A student is trusted to choose how they will spend their evening; we find that many students work more on their academics after school when they genuinely want to learn more about those topics, not when they are forced to do so.
Students learn and perform at their best when they are not under stress. We believe in authentic, alternative assessments that are then used by the student to self-assess.
If students choose to familiarize themselves with traditional and standardized tests as preparation for future institutions, teachers support them, drawing upon their backgrounds as AP and SAT Prep teachers.
At set periods, students self-assess with the guidance of rubrics, portfolios and critiques, assisted by the teacher. This results in a more authentic reflection on the value of the student's learning process.
Traditional letter grades of A,B,C, or Fail are used, creating a commonly accepted transcript of grades.
Interest-based, Rigorous Education
Teachers meet students where they are with regards to skills and interests, designing rich and challenging curricula around student choices.
How many students do you accommodate?
In its present conception, Angeles Workshop School is composed of no more than 20 students, allowing for an excellent student-teacher ratio as well as a highly deft and mobile school community. As our school uses the entire city of Los Angeles as an extension of our campus, a small cadre of learners makes for a very exciting and versatile daily educational experience.
What is your teacher-student ratio?
Angeles Workshop School will always maintain a very low teacher-student ratio, never exceeding 1-10.
Who are your teachers?
Our two core teachers are both passionately dedicated educators with advanced degrees and over a decade in education.
Beyond our core teachers, Angeles Workshop School draws on a rich community of specialty teachers, parents, professionals, enthusiasts and peers to accentuate our learners' curriculum with diverse perspectives.
QUESTIONS ABOUT ENRICHMENT
What age students are enrichment classes open to?
All workshop summer and after school enrichment classes are open to students grades 5 and up. Class content, maturity and skills tend towards those of grade level 7 and up; nevertheless we find that many gifted, talented and extraordinary students as young as 5th grade thrive in our classes.
Who founded the Workshop?
Angeles Workshop is the brainchild of husband-
and- wife founders Scott Stubbe, a credentialed English teacher and play-based education advocate,
and Ndindi Kitonga PhD., a published educator in Social Justice and a Science teacher.
These professional dreamers saw a need for exciting educational activities for creative teens that are both geeky and social, and for play-based interaction that is both real-world and intellectual.