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Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is a cornerstone of our innovative, interdisciplinary high school curriculum.

Our students explore new concepts by developing both individual and collaborative group projects tied to curriculum themes and to their areas of interest. They create, research, collaborate, seek the resources they need, and present to an audience – an invaluable process through which deep learning occurs and new skills emerge.

Our experience-based approach takes the best of what we’ve learned from our Montessori program for elementary and middle-school students and applies it to 21st-century high school needs. In the Montessori tradition, we focus on communication, collaboration, organization, and critical and creative thinking, information literacy, citizenship, and ethics. This approach moves away from standardization and toward individual learning; away from testing bits of information and toward utilizing diverse resources available to students both locally and online. Our students explore topics that spark their interest and imagination, build positive relationships with supportive instructors and mentors, meet and collaborate with like-minded peers, and learn to become the drivers of their own learning process.

Our student-led, experiential learning incorporates these unique opportunities:

Outdoor Education

At OFHS, students learn to engage with the outdoors in intentional and mutually beneficial ways that help to develop their three “primary relationships,” those with the natural world, themselves, and others. In doing so, students develop a greater appreciation for and understanding of the natural world, their body, and their relationship with other students.

Field Studies

Students enrich and expand their learning outside the classroom, taking advantage of the Washington, DC area’s abundant opportunities to visit partner organizations, businesses, nonprofits, centers of arts and scholarship, and government agencies.

Internships & Community Service

Students participate in internships and community service with a wide variety of organizations across the DC area who partner with OFHS to provide enriching real-world experience.

Urban Out

The student-designed Urban Out program allows students to collaborate on an independent day of adventure and learning in the DC area. Urban Out empowers students to sharpen their problem-solving skills and explore practical skills like map-making and photojournalism, learn how to work as part of a team, and master public transportation.

Changemaker Leadership Program

Developed for OFHS by a team of nationally-recognized leaders from a wide range of backgrounds, our Changemaker Leadership Program teaches students the skills to understand, discuss, and begin addressing the complex 21st-century problems of our modern world. The program culminates in a Capstone project for the 11th and 12th-grade students as they design and deliver a meaningful service project in the surrounding community.

Social Connections

OFHS students organize social activities according to their interests. Through partnerships with other small schools in the DC area – including MYSA School, Nora School, and Blyth-Templeton Academy – they reach out to other high school students and request the support of an advising adult. Social activities have included coffeehouse meetups, hiking and biking excursions, book clubs, and more.

Learn more about OF High School

We are accepting applications now. Learn how to apply to OFHS.

For more information about OF High School contact Andrew Kutt at andrew@onenessfamily.org or 240-426-2614. Or let us email you:

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