REDEFINING HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS… ONE STUDENT AT A TIME
The Independent Learning Center is an innovative district choice high school designed around Big Picture Learning distinguishers of interest-driven and personalized learning supported in real world contexts. A core objective of this design is to develop self-directed learners highly capable of navigating systems, defining their work in complex contexts, thinking critically, and collaborating. The ILC is authorized by the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) to graduate students based on mastery of competencies rather than credits, and the competencies herein are aligned with Common Core State Standards and admissions expectations of selective baccalaureate colleges in Washington and nationally. The competencies are clustered within six interdisciplinary Learning Goals representing the skills, core knowledge, and attributes of effective learners prepared for college and career.
Referred to as a “trampoline that provides a launchpad for every student”, the ILC is a school that:
- Transitioned from a traditional approach associated with content-driven classrooms to a human-centered approach.
- Encourages students to “leave to learn”.
- Blurs the lines between education and the real world.
- Empowers every student to act with purpose and passion.