We begin by listening, and then collaboratively making an academic plan based on student and family goals, as well as individual accommodations.
Math is taught by Dr. Jonah Swann, who offers math courses through his independent business bRainmakers. Students who want a strong math curriculum enroll in the incredible classes that Dr. Swann teaches at every level (Algebra through post-Calculus) for the homeschool high school community. His passion for math simply overflows into his students. Dr. Swann’s math classes meet once a week for an hour and 45 minutes at his Sweeten Creeek Road campus. Students are required to spend the needed time, probably an hour a day, on other academic days learning the math that Dr. Swann has introduced. Aspire High can arrange, for an extra charge, to have a highly qualified math tutor, trained by Dr. Swann, to be available on our campus to provide additional help on days when students are not in math class.
For those students who are not interested in pursuing higher math, we will collaboratively craft an alternative that meets the needs of the student and the need for society to have mathematically literate citizens.
History and English is taught by Dr. Andrew Saldino. These classes meet twice a week for 80 minutes per session. Students discuss and analyze relevant texts, connect them to the events of our world today, and learn foundational concepts in English and Social Studies. The courses are taught in rotation to ensure complete coverage of social studies and English curriculum. The rotation consists of: U.S. History and Literature; World History and Literature; Government and Literature of Political and Social Change; and Economics/Sustainability/Resiliency. Each student is challenged to read, write, think, and speak at their own capacity.
In 2020-21, we will be offering Government and the Literature of Political and Social Change. Look for a syllabus for this course soon!
Science will be taught by our new science teacher. We offer the full range of high school science courses, including Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. In 2020-21, we will see what Science courses our students need, and offer either one or two courses to meet those needs.
Creative Projects is led by both core teachers. In these projects, students mine their own creativity to figure out what idea they want to bring to life. Students will go through the full creative process and culminate with a project that they present to the community. Creative Projects are central to Aspire High’s belief about the importance of student-driven, project-based learning in adolescent education.
We are going to hold off on Experiential Seminar for Fall 2020 and see whether it makes sense to do this course in Spring 2021.
Experiential Seminar is a day-long class, once a week, in which we take a break from our regular schedule and experience the world in a different way, because exposures to new experiences is crucial for adolescents who are trying to find their path. Our primary activities are various outdoor adventures, service projects, and cultural activities. For the outdoor curriculum, we hike, do survival skills, have river adventures, go climbing, do adventure courses, play capture the flag, boff, and mostly just get outside, move our bodies, and connect with the natural world. These activities challenge us, and hopefully inspire and instill a sense in us of confidence and comfort in a variety of circumstances.
For community service, we engage in different outreach activities to help us connect with our community. Previous activities include: working at 12 Baskets, Common Root Farm, doing petitions for Community Roots, etc.
Finally, Experiential Seminar will be used for special activities like going to cultural events, hosting powerful speakers and activities on our campus, sex and drug education, and engaging in activities that might stretch students to grow through being exposed to new and powerful experiences.
All of these courses are covered if you sign up for the entire program at Aspire High.
Here we can get highly personalized in what students are doing. Anything that is offered in Asheville, or online, is an option for electives. Students can do as many or as little electives as their families agree to, while taking into considerations college admissions requirements.
All costs associated with electives are covered by the families.
Come to actual school, even in the time of Covid.
Be a part of a vibrant learning community.
Teachers that really and truly care about you as an individual.
Get real freedom to pursue your interests in your studies.
Unleash your creative potential.
Learn how to do something you have always wanted to do, and get credit on your transcript for doing so.
Get into the right college for you.
Get high quality mentoring for your journey.
Be the creator of your own life.
The only limitations are those that of your own choosing . . . and the laws of physics.