Think Beyond. 

Preparing students for the lives they are going to live.

Clark Street Community School provides an integrated course schedule of learning through exploration, scrutiny, and self-reflection. In every class, our teachers emphasize the strategies and processes involved in learning and self-growth, creating a unique opportunity to prepare our students to live intelligent, thoughtful, and fulfilling lives in a rapidly changing society. 

Math Modeling
Using mathematical concepts and language, students solve complex real world problems.
Mindfulness
Mindfulness practices are incorporated daily into our academics to better prepare students to manage the complex world they inhabit.
Place Based Learning
Through an extensive network of community partners, student learning extends well beyond classroom walls.
Personalized Pathways
Carve out your pathway to graduation by asking yourself 'What am I truly excited to learn?' and then follow that passion through graduation.
Project-Based Learning
Students have the opportunity to delve deep into passion projects. Whatever your passion, we can support you on your educational journey.
Interdisciplinary Seminars
Our seminars are unlike any other. Where else could you connect math and science with a high interest topic like Zombies? Or Gaming with high level reading and writing?
Presentations of Learning
Twice a year students have the opportunity to formally present their exemplary work. Students communicate and reflect on their growth, the impact of their work, and next steps for deeper learning.
Growth Mindset
Student learning is shaped everyday around the principles of growth mindset.
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Math Modeling

Our math program helps students recognize that mathematics are everywhere and math modeling is a way to answer a question through a mathematical solution. This takes traditional learning of math to the next level of challenge. We’re inspired by the work of Stanford Professor, Jo Boaler, who promotes mathematics education reform and offer research-based practices on equitable mathematics programming.

Clark Street Community School provides an integrated course schedule of learning through exploration, scrutiny, and self-reflection. In every class, our teachers emphasize the strategies and processes involved in learning and self-growth, creating a unique opportunity to prepare our students to live intelligent, thoughtful, and fulfilling lives in a rapidly changing society. 

Place Based Learning

Project Based Learning

From project ideation to project presentation, Clark Street students follow formalized processes to brainstorm, manage, reflect, critique, and produce a project of their own determination. Students are encouraged to develop an entrepreneurial mindset throughout the project process by looking for solutions to problems, setting clear weekly goals and reporting on them, engaging in rigorous cycles of feedback, celebrating ‘failures’ as learnings, and continually reaching out to the community for resources.

Presentations of Learning

Inspired by the community of High Tech High School in California, Clark Street Community School students prepare and present formal presentations of learning at the end of each semester.  Year after year, CSCS students amaze and delight their audiences of peers, educators and Middleton community members with their stories of exploration, growth, and reflection. While preparing and presenting students are often best able to assimilate and analyze the depth of learning on a particular project or the breadth of their entire semester.

Mindfulness

Each and every day the Clark Street Community practices mindfulness. As a critical component to the health and wellbeing of everyone in our school, mindfulness is taught, practiced and explored in many ways including guided breathing, yoga, walking, and reflection.  Our school places priority on the importance of community and belonging as part of personal development and using Restorative Practices to shape a safe and welcoming environment every day for everyone.

Clark Street opens up a world of possibilities to all students in personalizing a path toward high school graduation. By creating a flexible framework around student learning, Clark Street students have boundless ways to display their learning and meet graduation requirements. All classes are multi-age, non-sequential and open to everyone. We are competency-based, and encourage a culture of discovery and exploration while maintaining clear academic processes. To ensure academic rigor, all students at Clark Street create portfolios to show their level of proficiency across all state required standards and to display their skills in reading, writing, mathematics, research, and public speaking.

Personalized Pathways

Interdisciplinary Seminars

At Clark Street, we know Math, Science, English, Technology, Social Studies, Health, and Wellness are inextricably linked. We also know that having guided learning experiences to help us discover new ideas, new thinking, and new strengths creates an amazing ‘jumping off’ point to dive deeper into learning.  Because of this, our programming is shaped around multidisciplinary seminars co-taught by content expert teachers to provide students with rich and authentic learning experiences every single day.  Our interdisciplinary seminar approach follows the lead of education researcher, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, and engages the full Clark Street community to create engaging and exciting seminar topics every term.

Growth Mindset

Our work at Clark Street Community School is anchored by the research of Stanford professor Carol Dweck on growth mindset. Simply put, growth mindset is the belief that you have the ability to learn anything and improve yourself in any way you chose. It counters any thinking that suggests that learning is limited. Instead growth mindsets reminds us that our achievement is endless. We strive to develop a growth mindset in our entire community, staff, students, faculty and administrators alike to ensure that every person is empowered and realizes their full potential.

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Project-Based Learning

Students have the opportunity to delve deep into passion projects. Whatever your passion, we can support you on your educational journey.