Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The amazing new 9th Bridge School



Recently I was invited to take a tour with some local bloggers, around an amazing new 9th Bridge School, part of the Downtown Project to revitalize Downtown Las Vegas.

The building, located near Fremont District, used to be an old church. Upon walking in, one would assume it was like any other school. Classrooms, meeting areas, playground. But going in further, you see that it is a place where children not only learn, but experience life as well. There are no rows of desks, no teacher at the chalkboard and no closed ended lesson plans.

We had our first tour of the school by a small boy with a big mind and bubbling personality. He told us everything they were learning and how anything they did was a fun learning experience. There were sensory areas, block areas and he even told us about how building a tunnel of blocks, took a knowledge of math and science, without even realizing it.

Their mission: To transform education by redefining the experience of school, can be seen in every room, every teacher and in the bright, attentive, eager to learn eyes of every student there.

The school is becoming successful in creating a learning environment that not only focuses on cognitive learning and language skills, but also how to interact with your community, with your peers and those you may interact with outside school. This also includes plans for a large garden, to promote and learn about sustainability.

The community also helps contribute to the school, with things like playground donations and public speakers for the kids, such as parents that have cool jobs or people in the community such as artists.

This was, personally, something I would love to have my children in. Student guided learning has ben proven time and again to be quite effective, especially when they venture out on their own into the real world.





**Waived application fee for enrollment when they mention 9thBridge2014. Offer expires 1/5/2015**


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