Open World Learning Community PTO

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Getting students outside for learning is a priority at OWL

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Service learning is powerful: 9th graders at the Audubon Center of the Northwoods

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A founding practice at OWL, multiage learning creates an environment where we all teach and learn together

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Dancing is a great way to blow off steam at the end of quarter

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We're proud of our 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rate!

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Through thick and thin, we support each other.

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How did early settlers harvest ice? At OWL, we learn by trying it ourselves (with help from the National Park Service).

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""We are all crew, not passengers." This school motto the cooperative spirit of learning at OWL.

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Five OWL students qualified for National History Day in 2013, and Grace Kellar-Long placed 3rd in individual performance

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Students celebrate a win at the cake walk at one of our family gatherings

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Engineering students take on the challenge of building the biggest bubble using different formulas

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We're proud that the 2013 Teacher of the Year is our own science teacher Megan Hall

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Dog Psychology is a popular interim course -- with the great benefit of getting your hands on this fluffy friend.

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Students studying survival get first-hand experience with gear needed to survive Mount Everest

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We're proud to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a "Best High School"

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These work gloves tell the story: hands-on learning is challenging, inspiring, character building, in short: MAGIC!

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OWL students organize and inspire younger students to help eradicate world hunger

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Theater is a part of the fabric of Open School

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Open is proud of Jennifer Lor, our National History Day winner for her documentary film on the Highlander Folk School

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Students use algebra to help farmers maximize yields at an apple orchard

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Victory! Students celebrate victory in the Open student-invented and run sport Fraquetball

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The view from the water offers a new perspective...

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Maybe not this time, but you WILL reach the top. Keep trying!

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Archery teaches calmness, focus and accuracy

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History Day projects immerse students in pivotal past events, interpreted through each students modern lens.

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Fieldwork involves lots of time for observations

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Vote! It is our right and responsibility!

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Students work on plant identification before a prairie restoration project begins

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First service, then adventure: Outward Bound students in the Colorado Rockies

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Our Kids Against Hunger team lead food packing events at SPPS schools.

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Students deliver care packages for soldiers

Every donation to Open World Learning Community funds LEARNING BY DOING: creative, hands-on experiences in the classroom & beyond . THANKS!


Funds raised through Give to the Max day will support hands-on, off-campus learning, like Spring Interim, during which OWL students participate in a week of intensive, experiential courses that give students the opportunity for in-depth focus on a compelling topic or experience of their choice that takes them out into our Twin Cities community and beyond.

Open World Learning Community (formerly Open School) has nurtured self-directed learners for more than 40 years. Since 1971, students in our small-by-design school have been celebrated and respected for their individuality and take an active role in their education. With just 220 students, every student is a known and valued part of our family-like community. Open World Learning Community is a member of the national network of Expeditionary Learning Schools, which promote rigorous and engaging curriculum; active, inquiry-based pedagogy; and a school culture that demands and teaches compassion and good citizenship.

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Open World Learning Community PTO




Every donation to Open World Learning Community funds LEARNING BY DOING: creative, hands-on experiences in the classroom & beyond . THANKS!

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