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The days here are filled with purpose, and our schedule reflects it. Take a look at the elements of our week and click on the modules to learn more what they are and how they work.

    • Office Hours

      8:00-8:30

      Office Hours are regularly-scheduled chances to connect with your teammates and teachers.

    • Macro

      8:30-10:50

      Macros transform the typical classroom experience. Instead of sitting through lectures, you’ll develop problem-solving skills by working in real-world contexts alongside your classmates in teams to help solve actual challenges that organizations are facing.

    • Community Time

      10:50-11:45

      Community time is set aside for us to gather together as a school and develop our belonging as a whole. Everything’s on the table. What is it that you’ll bring?

    • Lunch

      11:45-12:40

      Lunch is a short break that offers delicious options for everyone. Time for a little sustenance!

    • Micro 1

      12:40-1:35

      Micros are the short projects you’ll create in pursuit of depth, passion, and mastery. Micros focus on a specific skill or content area and stretch for a few weeks.

    • Micro 2

      1:35-2:30

      Micros are the short projects you’ll create in pursuit of depth, passion, and mastery. Micros focus on a specific skill or content area and stretch for a few weeks.

    • After Hours

      2:30-4:00

      After hours is extra time to meet with your teammates and teachers—often used for off-campus research and community partner meetings.

    • Office Hours

      8:00-8:30

      Office Hours are regularly-scheduled chances to connect with your teammates and teachers.

    • Wayfinding

      8:30-9:25

      Wayfinding is a unique curriculum that allows you to explore your identity and strengths under the guidance of a mentor. Here, you’ll learn how to focus your energy and time on work that is meaningful and that matters.

    • Micro 1

      9:25-10:20

      Micros are the short projects you’ll create in pursuit of depth, passion, and mastery. Micros focus on a specific skill or content area and stretch for a few weeks.

    • Micro 2

      10:20-11:15

      Micros are the short projects you’ll create in pursuit of depth, passion, and mastery. Micros focus on a specific skill or content area and stretch for a few weeks.

    • Lunch

      11:15-12:10

      Lunch is a short break that offers delicious options for everyone. Time for a little sustenance!

    • Macro

      12:10-2:30

      Macros transform the typical classroom experience. Instead of sitting through lectures, you’ll develop problem-solving skills by working in real-world contexts alongside your classmates in teams to help solve actual challenges that organizations are facing.

    • After Hours

      2:30-4:00

      After hours is extra time to meet with your teammates and teachers—often used for off-campus research and community partner meetings.

    • Late start

      8:00-9:25

      Office Hours are regularly-scheduled chances to connect with your teammates and teachers.

    • Macro

      9:25-11:45

      Macros transform the typical classroom experience. Instead of sitting through lectures, you’ll develop problem-solving skills by working in real-world contexts alongside your classmates in teams to help solve actual challenges that organizations are facing.

    • Lunch

      11:45-12:40

      Lunch is a short break that offers delicious options for everyone. Time for a little sustenance!

    • Micro 1

      12:40-1:35

      Micros are the short projects you’ll create in pursuit of depth, passion, and mastery. Micros focus on a specific skill or content area and stretch for a few weeks.

    • Micro 2

      1:35-2:30

      Micros are the short projects you’ll create in pursuit of depth, passion, and mastery. Micros focus on a specific skill or content area and stretch for a few weeks.

    • After Hours

      2:30-4:00

      After hours is extra time to meet with your teammates and teachers—often used for off-campus research and community partner meetings.

    • Office Hours

      8:00-8:30

      Office Hours are regularly-scheduled chances to connect with your teammates and teachers.

    • Community time

      8:30-9:25

      Community time is set aside for us to gather together as a school and develop our belonging as a whole. Everything’s on the table. What is it that you’ll bring?

    • Micro 1

      9:25-10:20

      Micros are the short projects you’ll create in pursuit of depth, passion, and mastery. Micros focus on a specific skill or content area and stretch for a few weeks.

    • Micro 2

      10:20-11:15

      Micros are the short projects you’ll create in pursuit of depth, passion, and mastery. Micros focus on a specific skill or content area and stretch for a few weeks.

    • Luch

      11:15-12:10

      Lunch is a short break that offers delicious options for everyone. Time for a little sustenance!

    • Macro

      12:10-2:30

      Macros transform the typical classroom experience. Instead of sitting through lectures, you’ll develop problem-solving skills by working in real-world contexts alongside your classmates in teams to help solve actual challenges that organizations are facing.

    • After Hours

      2:30-4:00

      After hours is extra time to meet with your teammates and teachers—often used for off-campus research and community partner meetings.

    • Office Hours

      8:00-8:30

      Office Hours are regularly-scheduled chances to connect with your teammates and teachers.

    • Macro

      8:30-10:50

      Macros transform the typical classroom experience. Instead of sitting through lectures, you’ll develop problem-solving skills by working in real-world contexts alongside your classmates in teams to help solve actual challenges that organizations are facing.

    • Wayfinding

      10:50-11:45

      Wayfinding is a unique curriculum that allows you to explore your identity and strengths under the guidance of a mentor. Here, you’ll learn how to focus your energy and time on work that is meaningful and that matters.

    • Lunch

      11:45-12:40

      Lunch is a short break that offers delicious options for everyone. Time for a little sustenance!

    • Micro 1

      12:40-1:35

      Micros are the short projects you’ll create in pursuit of depth, passion, and mastery. Micros focus on a specific skill or content area and stretch for a few weeks.

    • Micro 2

      1:35-2:30

      Micros are the short projects you’ll create in pursuit of depth, passion, and mastery. Micros focus on a specific skill or content area and stretch for a few weeks.

    • After Hours

      2:30-4:00

      After hours is extra time to meet with your teammates and teachers—often used for off-campus research and community partner meetings.

Let’s say it’s Thursday. It’s October.

You know your way around the campus. You’ve been working on teams in your Macro for the past six weeks. Your Micros are awesome. You’re feeling good as you walk down Magnolia Drive and into Academic Building One…

  1. 8:08

    First things first, you drop into Office Hours for a quick chat with Ms. Griffin, your Wayfinding Mentor. You tell her how much you love the challenge you’ve been working on in your Ethics and Technology Macro and she suggests that you pursue it further in a Micro.

  2. 8:27

    Upstairs you go, passing Mr. K who’s eating his bagel and chatting with the group working with him on a Music from Math Micro. Sounds like they’re in the middle of completing their final projects.

  3. 8:30

    And you’re here — the whole Mastery School up on the third floor. Today during Community Time, Mr. Faturoti opens the Club Fair where some students from the Upper School are here to recruit MSH students for their clubs at the Gates Mills campus, and there’s a table where you can propose your own club ideas for the Mastery School campus.

  4. 9:20

    There’s enough time to head to the lobby for hot chocolate and to finish up your self-evaluation rubric for your Ethics and Technology Macro. You’ll need it for your meeting with Ms. Hodges tomorrow morning to discuss feedback from your last challenge and set goals for the next one.

  5. 9:24

    Time for Micros. For this one, you decided to go along with a suggestion that one of your friends had to read graphic novels. There are four of you in your group, and Ms. Peters has been showing you how to engage in “book club workshops.” You just finished up reading American-Born Chinese, and you’re recording your discussion to keep in your portfolio.

  6. 10:20

    Your other Micro focuses on architecture. You’re working in the Maker Space where you’re using the power tools, the laser cutter, and the 3D printer to build your own model house. It’s a lot more complicated than you thought it would be when you started. You talk to Ms. Zielinski who shows you that you can improve on the model without having to start over from scratch.

  7. 11:15

    Lunch! What’s on the menu? Chicken parm with roasted broccoli. Pizza (veggie and pepperoni), vegan curry, and as always, an ample salad bar with loads of veggies and proteins. You fill your tray and join Mr. Cheadle at the Spanish-speaking only table to practice your conversational skills. After eating with your friends, you go out to the field to play some frisbee before Macros start.

  8. 12:12

    Your Macro, Ethics and Technology, opens with News Circle, as it does every day. After a discussion ranging from the latest news to who’s favored in the Browns game this weekend, it’s time to get on the bus and head over to Nottingham Spirk for the next Challenge Delivery.

  9. 12:55

    You didn’t see this one coming, but here you are in a professional industrial design FabLab where a woman named Dr. Costello describes your next challenge: Help us design a better battery-powered prosthetic for a child who has lost her arm. You overhear someone in class whisper, “I can’t believe she wants my help on this,” which was exactly what you were thinking.

  10. 1:48

    You come back from Nottingham Spirk, and your new team gets together to re-state the challenge in your own words. Once you get a good challenge re-statement, you and your teammates begin to research into what makes prosthetic design complicated. You also see how much a new prosthetic can change a person’s life.

  11. 2:30

    You say good-bye to some of your friends who are sticking around at the Mastery School for some of the afternoon activities, and you hop on the bus to Gates Mills. They’ve got the WiFi up and running on the bus now, so you’re able to sign onto the Gale database and do some research into battery-powered prosthetics that already exist for your Macro.

  12. 3:15

    You get off the bus at the Gates Mills campus and make your way to lacrosse practice. Your teammates from the Upper School meet you out on the field, and you have a few minutes to chat before the coach calls you all over to get started.

  13. 5:30

    You get home and take some time to relax, have dinner with your family, and hang out with your friends.

  14. 6:19

    You start reading your next graphic novel called Persepolis — Mr. O’Connor recommended it highly, so you’re looking forward to it. After about half an hour of that, you text your teammates and ask if anyone needs any help with their initial research on the battery-powered prosthetic. You email your team a link to a TED Talk you found on industrial design. Before you close up for the night, you write a quick email to Mr. Plácido and Ms. Waldorf, asking if either of them could meet you during Office Hours tomorrow.

  15. 9:00

    Get to bed! Did you know that teenagers need 7-9 hours of sleep a day to have healthy cognitive function? Well, we know it, so we don’t want you burning the midnight oil. Get to sleep, and we’ll see you in the morning!

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