We are an independent K-8 school located at the Tucson Museum of Art in downtown Tucson. We opened our doors on August 11, 2014 for our inaugural school year.
We are inspired by the work of Brightworks and the Reggio Emilia philosophy, we believe all children are intrinsically motivated learners, and we believe that social and emotional development are as important as academic development — just as critical in our children’s ability to succeed in the world, yet rarely given adequate attention in traditional K-12 education.
A K-3 school this year, we will add a grade a year until we reach K-8. Our students learn in mixed-age groups with multiple collaborators (teachers), with plenty of opportunities for smaller group and individual work through our projects and explorations. For a look inside the IDEA School, and to hear directly from our students and collaborators, check out our blog here.
We engage our students in developmentally appropriate pedagogy and real-world project-based-learning, based on the students’ interests, ideas and questions.
We built the IDEA School on the basic premise that if children are allowed to follow their interests and pose and seek the answers to their own questions, and if teachers collaborate with them to extend upon the learning in which the children are naturally engaged, amazing things can happen.
For a look at our curriculum and pedagogy, click here.
For information on how to apply, click here.
- Children of all ages are intrinsically motivated learners, capable of extraordinary insight, passion and joy in their learning.
- We have the opportunity to truly nurture our children’s intrinsic motivation to learn. It is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss.
- Collaboration is central to learning, and children who feel a strong sense of community do better – in school and in life.
- Authentic assessment, not standardized testing, allows us to truly measure what children know and can do, and partner with them to help them push their learning further.
Thank you for your interest in the IDEA School. We’re glad you’re here!