Students at the School of the Future

When the School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft partnered to create the School of the Future, they kept the needs of students at the forefront of their planning. At the end of their first year, learners at the school offer their perspectives on the school and its curriculum. Their enthusiasm shines through as they discuss their work.
When the School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft partnered to create the School of the Future, they kept the needs of students at the forefront of their planning. At the end of their first year, learners at the school offer their perspectives on the school and its curriculum. Their enthusiasm shines through as they discuss their work.

Preview [dial-up OR broadband]

 

Challenging and Engaging Students

A first year learner represents the vision of SOTF.

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Challenging and Engaging Students

Students like Quasan shine in project-based learning environments.

Called “learners” rather than students, the first class of ninth graders at the School of the Future have come to see school and learning in a new light. The project-based curriculum affords them the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning and engages them deeply. Quasan, the “Mac Daddy” of the school, embodies its goals. He’s motivated, bright, responsible, and committed to the educational vision of the school.


Growing as a Learner [dial-up OR broadband]

 

Redefining Achievement

SOTF supports Ryan as she grows and develops new and important skills.

Test scores often narrowly define achievement, but the School of the Future measures success in more encompassing terms that look at the whole child.  Academic achievement is embedded in a culture that emphasizes leadership skills such as collaboration and personal responsibility. Students like Ryan develop positive social skills and are encouraged to see themselves in new ways. The integration of core content, meta-cognitive skills and technical expertise shapes a 21st century approach to teaching and learning.