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Kabul
Afghanistan
Age 9-18
Afghanistan National Institute of Music
ANIM provides a dynamic, challenging and safe learning environment for all students regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religious sect, or socio-economic circumstances.
Methodologies
Learning by tinkering / making Challenge-based learning
New York
United States of America
PK-12
Avenues: The World School
A school with many campuses, providing transformative, world-focused learning experiences to students around the globe.
Methodologies
Learning by tinkering / making Social entrepreneurship learning Experience-based learning Place-based learning Sustainability-based learning
Ajmer
India
All
Barefoot College
Barefoot College forges a first-of-its-kind, women-centred, global network dedicated to sustainable development in every community where poverty exists.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Design thinking Social entrepreneurship learning Peer-to-peer, crowd-sourced and social learning Project-based learning Place-based learning
Flora Hill
Australia
Grade 7-10
Bendigo South East College
Its vision is that every student develops the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to positively contribute to the global community as a responsible and caring citizen.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Project-based learning
Berwick
Australia
Primary
Berwick Lodge Primary School
Students create a personal learning map, collaborating and discussing findings with their peers and teachers and then, subsequently, developing a ‘Change Priority’.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Agile learning Peer-to-peer, crowd-sourced and social learning
Brisbane
Australia
Primary
Bethany Lutheran Primary School
Students in all classes in a single year level work collaboratively in one learning space.
Methodologies
Agile learning Peer-to-peer, crowd-sourced and social learning
Providence
United States of America
Age 5-18
Big Picture Learning
Big Picture Learning was established in 1995 with the sole mission of putting students directly at the centre of their own learning.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Passion projects – learning without limits Internship based learning Project-based learning
New York
United States of America
PK-8
Blue School
Blue School set out to reimagine education for children in a changing world. As the world develops at a greatly accelerated pace, Blue School’s primary purpose is to combine the best educational practices with the most current innovative approaches to learning that are steeped in human development and neuroscience.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Design thinking Project-based learning
San Francisco
United States of America
K-12
Brightworks School
Brightworks is a K-12 school that reimagines education. By taking the best practices from both early childhood education and hands-on, project-based experiential learning, they strive to meet students’ needs in a flexible, mixed-age environment that breaks the conventional walls between school and the community outside the classroom.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Design thinking Learning by tinkering / making
New York
United States of America
Age 12-21
Broome Street Academy
Learning based on sharing experiences to build grown, persistence and resilience.
Methodologies
Experience-based learning Phenomenon-based learning
Newcastle
Australia
Secondary
Callaghan College
Callaghan College is a community of three school campuses. Each school offers something slightly different depending on the community, like the creation of a virtual reality school. Students design their own immersive learning using Minecraft and the Occulus Rift HMD.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Passion projects – learning without limits Design thinking
Madrid
Spain
Age 11-18
Centro de Formación Padre Piquer
The learning spaces are characterised by how students multi-task by combining different methodologies: teacher-led explanations, individual work, cooperative work, individualised tutoring, guidance and an in-class library.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Place-based learning Challenge-based learning
Decatur
United States of America
K-3
Clairemont Elementary School
Curriculum based on learning through collaborative exploration, methodology based on learning by doing.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Design thinking Learning by tinkering / making
Detroit
United States of America
Grade 9-12
Clintondale High School
Clintondale Community Schools is known as a worldwide leader in classroom innovation, including its Flipped Schools model.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Passion projects – learning without limits Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Project-based learning
Buenos Aires
Argentina
Age 2-12
Colegio Aletheia
Colegio Aletheia is a discoverer of pedagogies. It is a true school of learning unveiled through art. More than poetry and prose, more than paintings or plays, it is devoted to awakening the talents that lie within each student and convert them into expression.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Design thinking Learning by tinkering / making
Santiago
Chile
K-8
Colegio Cardenal de Cracovia
Colegio Cardenal de Cracovia, in Santiago de Chile, is "state-school".
Methodologies
Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Agile learning Design thinking
Bogotá
Colombia
K-12
Colegio Rochester
This bilingual school has developed an ecological model, and what is more, all its classes, structures and corridors are circular, promoting community decisions and cooperative learning in classrooms at all times.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Learning through adventure Nature-based learning
Madrid
Spain
Age 3-12
Colegio Santa María
Colegio Santa María uses Lezama Method, which makes it possible to evaluate work being done in order to identify areas needing improvement in real time, and establish means of improvement in every school year.
Methodologies
Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Experience-based learning Challenge-based learning
Barcelona
Spain
K-12
Col·legi Montserrat
Col·legi Montserrat is committed to “global” education. It aims at shaping the minds and souls of children by providing the tools they need to achieve physical, intellectual, spiritual and social excellence.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Agile learning
Santa Monica
United States of America
K-12
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
Model pioneering socio-emotional and holistic education.
Methodologies
Service learning Learning by tinkering / making Project-based learning
Sydney
Australia
Grade 7-12
Delany College
Learning with emphasis on 4 C’s: creativity, critical reflection, communication and collaboration.
Methodologies
Learning by tinkering / making Project-based learning Place-based learning Game-based learning Challenge-based learning
Mumbai
India
Age 3-18
Door Step School
Door Step School brings education to thousands of kids unable to attend regular centres due to their long workdays. To do this, schools have been turned into buses.
Methodologies
Mobile learning Learning through adventure Place-based learning
Stockholm
Sweden
Preschool
Egalia Pre-School
The Egalia school system, in Sweden, is founded on total equality between students.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Learning by tinkering / making Project-based learning
Eltham
Australia
Age 3-11
Eltham Primary School
At Eltham Primary School they believe the best student outcomes are achieved when families, teachers and students work together towards common goals.
Methodologies
Learning by tinkering / making Experience-based learning Play-based learning Nature-based learning
Bogotá
Colombia
K-12
Escuela Nueva
Escuela Nueva challenges conventional thinking and promotes small effective changes in the classroom.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Project-based learning
Hawaii
United States of America
Grade 7-9
Ewa Makai Middle School
Ewa Makai Middle School offers a unique approach to physical education, one that integrates the physical with the technological.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Agile learning Project-based learning
Ballarat
Australia
University
Federation College
Federation's program focuses on P-TECH to address STEM-related future employment opportunities and to enrich the VCAL experience for students.
Methodologies
Design thinking Experience-based learning Project-based learning Place-based learning
Columbia
United States of America
K-5
Forest Lake Elementary School
This school is tuned in to technology. Fifth-graders write, film and produce a live daily news show that's broadcast in every classroom.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Design thinking Learning by tinkering / making Project-based learning Challenge-based learning
Alexandria
United States of America
Grade 6-8
Francis C. Hammond Middle School
At Francis Hammond and other International Academy schools, instead of studying English at separate times from other coursework, students have language lessons integrated into their academic curricula.
Methodologies
Multilingual learning (culture tribes) Passion projects – learning without limits Design thinking
Tachikawa
Japan
Age 3-5
Fuji Kindergarten
At Fuji Kindergarten they believe that the environment where children grow is very important, especially in early childhood when they are expressing interests in the world around them.
Methodologies
Place-based learning Play-based learning Nature-based learning
Teacher network
South Korea
Teachers
Future Class Network
Future Class Network spreads the idea of what future education should look like and designs 21st century education through a network of collaborative teachers to make a change in South Korea.
Methodologies
Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Design thinking Project-based learning
Grand Rapids
United States of America
Grade 6-7
Grand Rapids Public Museum School
The Public Museum School and other institutions within the Grand Rapids Public School System are redefining what a classroom looks like. Museums, zoos, and other public centres are no longer relegated to field trips, but instead serve as schools themselves.
Methodologies
Mobile learning Learning through adventure Experience-based learning
Perth
Australia
Grade 1-12
Hale School
Hale School is a world-renowned boarding school offering comprehensive and tailored education experiences to boys from Pre-Primary to Year 12.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Design thinking Experience-based learning Project-based learning Challenge-based learning
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom
Age 3-11
Hartsholme Academy
At Hartsholme Academy they strive to ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential and are fully prepared for the next phase of their education and beyond.
Methodologies
Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Design thinking Place-based learning Challenge-based learning
New York
United States of America
Grade 10-12
Harvey Milk High School
The mission of Harvey Milk High School is to establish and promote a community of successful, independent learners by creating a safe educational environment for all young people.
Methodologies
Agile learning Place-based learning Phenomenon-based learning
Helsinki
Finland
Age 5-9
Hello Ruby School
Hello Rubi School provides tools for kids, parents and educators to learn to understand programming in a fun and creative way.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Peer-to-peer, crowd-sourced and social learning Project-based learning
San Diego
United States of America
K-12
High Tech High School
High Tech High was the first high school to open a graduate school of education within a K-12 institution. Students learn through extended, multi-disciplinary projects and teachers also learn, with their own in-house school of education.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Design thinking Learning by tinkering / making Place-based learning
Adelaide
Australia
Grade 7-12
Immanuel College
Students enrich their learning as they design and discover solutions using creativity and critical thinking.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Design thinking Learning by tinkering / making Experience-based learning
London
United Kingdom
University
Imperial College
Active learning that discourages lecture based classrooms towards more interactive learning.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Passion projects – learning without limits Design thinking Challenge-based learning
Several locations
Peru
K-12
Innova Schools
The school methodology has been developed hand in hand with the University of California Berkeley, focusing on blended learning.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Passion projects – learning without limits Design thinking
Geneva
Switzerland
Age 3-19
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
IB programmes challenge students to excel in their studies, and encourage both personal and academic achievement.
Methodologies
Service learning Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Learning by tinkering / making
Online
United States of America
Teachers
Khan Academy
Online platform providing support for teachers to promote use of online material and resources.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Peer-to-peer, crowd-sourced and social learning
Kiama
Australia
K-6
Kiama Public School
Kiama Public School utilises several outdoor learning spaces, which include a large garden, hobby farm and living kitchen.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Mobile learning Place-based learning Nature-based learning
Several locations
Sweden
Age 10-16
Kunskapsskolan
At Kunskapsskolan, everything is designed to allow students to learn at their own pace, following their own interests.
Methodologies
Mobile learning Project-based learning Place-based learning
Arlington
United States of America
K-5
K.W. Barrett Elementary School
Barrett Elementary School is a diverse community of students, families and staff who are engaged and motivated to learn.
Methodologies
Learning by tinkering / making Project-based learning Place-based learning Game-based learning Challenge-based learning
Chicago
United States of America
Grade 9-12
Lake View High School
The school offers four tracks — STEM, humanities, music/visual arts, and world language — though its overall STEM focus integrates computer science, design process, and project based learning into all areas of the curriculum.
Methodologies
Multilingual learning (culture tribes) Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Place-based learning
Several locations
Finland
K-9
Liikkuva Koulu - Finnish Schools on the Move
Finnish Schools on the Move is a national action programme aiming to establish a physically active culture in Finnish comprehensive schools.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Place-based learning Play-based learning
Several locations
Brazil
Age 0-14
Lumiar
At Lumiar, knowledge is structured by identifying competencies and skills, including what would be “school subjects” inside projects, learning modules, workshops and other dynamics.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Design thinking Learning by tinkering / making Project-based learning Place-based learning
London, Rome & Paris
UK, Italy & France
Age 11-18
Marymount International School
An old school that teaches 21st century skills in modern ways.
Methodologies
Multilingual learning (culture tribes) Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Place-based learning Challenge-based learning
Rochdale
United Kingdom
Age 11-16
Matthew Moss High School
At Matthew Moss High School they want to empower young people for a life of learning both satisfying to themselves and of significant value to others.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Passion projects – learning without limits Project-based learning Phenomenon-based learning
New York
United States of America
Grade 6-12
Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School empowers students by helping them understand the impact of their daily actions as well as the actions of others.
Methodologies
Internship based learning Experience-based learning Project-based learning Challenge-based learning
Napa
United States of America
Grade 9-12
New Tech High School
New Tech High School has developed a project-based learning methodology and an intelligent use of technology.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Passion projects – learning without limits Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Project-based learning
Sydney
Australia
K-12
Northern Beaches Christian School
A change in paradigm, in learning space design and in the way they empower students to take charge of their own learning.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Design thinking Project-based learning Place-based learning
Boston
United States of America
Age 5-18
NuVu School
NuVu is a place where young students grow their spirit of innovation. They use curiosity and creativity to explore new ideas, design solutions and make their concepts come to life.
Methodologies
Design thinking Learning by tinkering / making Social entrepreneurship learning Place-based learning Sustainability-based learning
Wilmington
United States of America
K-5
Odyssey Charter School
Odyssey has strong academics, insight into the classical learning ideals of Hellenism, a small-school environment and a fresh approach to learning.
Methodologies
Multilingual learning (culture tribes) Design thinking
Kasoa
Ghana
K-12
Omega Schools
Omega Schools offer an innovative model: a chain of low cost private schools with specialised curriculum, assessment, technology and management modules benefiting the poor and empowering aspirations of low income families and their communities.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Learning by tinkering / making Place-based learning
Copenhagen
Denmark
HSC
Ørestad Gymnasium
Ørestad Gymnasium is a high school leaving examination with a special profile focusing on media, communications and culture. They offer specialised study programmes within the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Agile learning Peer-to-peer, crowd-sourced and social learning Place-based learning
Bhopal
India
All
Parvarish - The Museum School
The Museum School provides quality education to underprivileged children through museums.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Mobile learning Learning through adventure Place-based learning
West Palm Beach
United States of America
K-5
Pine Jog Elementary School
The school weaves environmental education throughout the entire curriculum.
Methodologies
Service learning Learning by tinkering / making Project-based learning Place-based learning Nature-based learning
Bangalore
India
All
Project DEFY - Design education for yourself
A system of learning that believes anyone can teach themselves anything by using the Internet and the community around them to find solutions.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Passion projects – learning without limits Learning by tinkering / making
Brooklyn
United States of America
Age 9-14
P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School)
P-TECH intensively supports and mentors its students, providing all learners with personalised paths that guide them through the curriculum according to their individual needs and achievement.
Methodologies
Internship based learning Agile learning Project-based learning
New York
United States of America
Grade 6-11
Quest to Learn High School
At Quest to Learn, students are engages in their own quests to be inventors, designers, innovators and problem solvers.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Place-based learning Game-based learning
Ahmedabad
India
Educators
Riverside Learning Center
The Riverside Learning Center is a pedagogical research and training organisation with a global reach in over 12 countries. It offers customised training programs that provide ecosystem wide solutions to transform school cultures with processes and pedagogical practices designed for the 21st century learner.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Design thinking Project-based learning Place-based learning
San Francisco
United States of America
Adults
Samaschool
The school gives adults who struggle to find employment a leg up, with an education focused on the digital and entrepreneurial skills necessary in today's market.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Service learning Learning by tinkering / making Social entrepreneurship learning Project-based learning
Sevenoaks
United Kingdom
Age 11-18
Sevenoaks School
Sevenoaks is a co-educational day and boarding school with an innovative approach to education.
Methodologies
Learning by tinkering / making Social entrepreneurship learning Experience-based learning Place-based learning Sustainability-based learning
Smethwick
United Kingdom
Age 11-19
Shireland Collegiate Academy
The school puts traditional method of learning into reverse - by asking students to do homework first and discuss the topics in the classroom afterwards.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Learning by tinkering / making Project-based learning
Several locations
Global
All
SOLE (Self-Organized Learning Environment) School
A school that any child in the world can attend by going online and thus learn by him or herself, or alongside his or her classmates.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Mobile learning Learning by tinkering / making Social entrepreneurship learning Peer-to-peer, crowd-sourced and social learning
Springdale
United States of America
K-5
Sonora Elementary School
Kids learn through dance, drama, poetry and drawing, which are seamlessly woven into all subjects, making lessons more memorable and fun.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Game-based learning Play-based learning
Sra Pou Village
Cambodia
All
Sra Pou Vocational School
The Cambodian school was built by community members, for community members, to learn how to turn their passions into full-fledged businesses. The school allows families to gain independence.
Methodologies
Learning by tinkering / making Social entrepreneurship learning Experience-based learning Project-based learning
Seattle
United States of America
Grade 9-11
Summit Sierra
Summit Sierra is a small, personalised college-prep public high school in the Seattle's Chinatown International District. They provide a rigorous and supportive learning environment for a diverse group of passionate young people.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Design thinking Project-based learning
Renton
United States of America
K-4
Talbot Hill Elementary School
Kids learn through practice. They learn a lesson and then apply it in their mini market community. This real-world approach takes time away from structured lessons.
Methodologies
Agile learning Social entrepreneurship learning Experience-based learning Project-based learning Place-based learning
Rotorua
New Zealand
K-13
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Koutu
A co-educational Māori immersion school offering education within a unique Māori environment.
Methodologies
Multilingual learning (culture tribes) Passion projects – learning without limits Learning through adventure Experience-based learning
Melbourne
Australia
Age 11-18
Templestowe College
Dynamic education system through development of more holistic measures of students success, creativity, problem solving and resilience.
Methodologies
Project-based learning Nature-based learning
Bali
Indonesia
High school
The Green School
Green School’s mission is to create a global community of learners, making the world sustainable.
Methodologies
Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Social entrepreneurship learning Sustainability-based learning
Vershire
United States of America
Grade 11
The Mountain School
The Mountain School cultivates a diverse and interdependent community of scholars who learn to know a place and take care of it. Through collaborative learning and shared work, students emerge from their semester prepared to reach beyond the self and focus on the common good.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Sustainability-based learning Nature-based learning
San Francisco
United States of America
K-12
The Nueva Schools
School pioneers in teaching design thinking to students through their hands-on, project-based curricula.
Methodologies
Design thinking Learning by tinkering / making Social entrepreneurship learning Place-based learning Sustainability-based learning
New York
United States of America
Grade 11-12
THINK Global School
THINK Global School is a travelling high school where learners live in four countries per year, making unforgettable connections between education and the world around.
Methodologies
Learning by tinkering / making Social entrepreneurship learning Experience-based learning Place-based learning Sustainability-based learning
Pollenzo
Italy
University
University of Gastronomic Sciences
The school encourages learning through first-hand experience of produce with food-centric study trips around the globe as part of the curriculum.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Mobile learning Experience-based learning
Vail
United States of America
Grade 5-12
Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy allows serious winter sports athletes the opportunity of world-class training and competition in their sport at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail in a challenging, college-preparatory academic environment.
Methodologies
Mobile learning Learning by tinkering / making Project-based learning
Gurgaon
India
Age 3-10
Vega School
A school thoughtfully designed to facilitate project-based learning, with a school culture centred on flat leadership, collaboration and international sharing.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Project-based learning Place-based learning Challenge-based learning
Helsinki
Finland
Grade 1-12
Viikki Teacher Training School
The Viikki Teacher Training School is an inspiring and safe place to learn and work together. They strive to take sustainable development into account in all their operations.
Methodologies
Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Design thinking Learning by tinkering / making
San Francisco
United States of America
Grade 6-8
Visitacion Valley Middle School
Through transformative relationships, Visitacion Valley Middle School creates an inclusive and collaborative learning community that is relevant to the lives of our students, families and staff.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Experience-based learning
Several locations
Sweden
Preschool to Secondary
Vittra Schools
The learning spaces are colourful and smart, coupled with a unique education project offering more autonomy and dialogue between students and teachers.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Deep dive learning & Deeper Learning Project-based learning Place-based learning
Melbourne
Australia
Primary
Wooranna Park Primary School
The school has organised its curriculum by focusing on students, allowing them greater autonomy in the learning process and greater participation in matters of school organisation.
Methodologies
Authentic learning – real world activities Passion projects – learning without limits Design thinking Project-based learning
Doncaster
United Kingdom
Age 11-19
XP School
The school covers curriculum through project-based learning rather than teaching separate subjects, and bases its practices on technology and expeditionary learning.
Methodologies
Experience-based learning Project-based learning
Grand Rapids
United States of America
Grade 6
Zoo School
Zoo School students study and learn at John Ball Zoo. This experience allows students to go beyond the classroom and into the zoo and the over 100 wooded acres surrounding it.
Methodologies
Passion projects – learning without limits Design thinking Experience-based learning Project-based learning Place-based learning