Unschooling at The U School

Flirting with failure — falling behind, realizing it, and reflecting on why — is a part of the process at this "Innovation Network" public high school. Ideally, with each setback, students become increasingly aware of their personal shortcomings and their power to overcome them.
This package is the final installment of  "Recreating School," a project by the Notebook on innovative high schools funded by a fellowship from the national Education Writers Association. Reported and written by freelancer Melanie Bavaria. 

'What is your dream? What wakes you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night?'

Argelis Minaya-Bravo, a U School senior, channels her intensity into activism.

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'Crazy. And that's the excitement of it.'

The U School principal and teachers found that it's not easy to create a school that depends on breaking all the rules.

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