At Greenwood Community School, Middle and High School-aged students share two days a week of academic study, engagement with the natural world, and exploration of local points of culture. With curriculum and activities selected through consensus-based democratic process, students experience healthy community practices while simultaneously developing close relationships with themselves, their peers and mentors, and the world around them.
Greenwood Community School is a space where young adults can learn on their own terms with the support of experienced educators, naturalists, artists, and community leaders. The connectivity of nature is woven together with the focus of classroom education and supported by diverse cultural elements to create a strong container for growth and learning that nurtures confident, capable, and engaged youth.
A typical day at Greenwood Community School will start with an opening circle at 9am where we will share gratitude, music and movement to start the day on a positive note. From 10 – 12 will be a structured class block which is designed to suit student interests. Classes are not mandatory, so students choose both what classes are offered and which classes to attend. Students who are not in class may be working on art projects, cooking, playing music, exploring outside, or simply socializing with each other and staff. At noon we will gather for lunch, and in the afternoons we may go outside for more active learning, there may be another indoor class block, or both. Our days will conclude with the opportunity for personal time for study, reflection in nature, or journaling followed by a closing circle.
Based on student interest, we will also schedule regular off-site learning days. These might be trips to local craft spaces such as a blacksmith’s shop or a Luthier. We may go harvest seaweed and learn how to prepare it, or help tap trees and boil sap. These excursions will include meeting and learning from local people with unique and powerful skill sets, with opportunities to practice different skills and ask lots of questions.  We will also go to local natural points of interest, such as Bald Mtn. or Sears Island for the day. Since Northwood recently welcomed two licensed Captains to our staff, we hope to include more maritime adventures… learning to sail and exploring the sea! We will also explore cultural points such as museums or performances. Some trips will be overnight, such as when we travel to the North Woods of Maine for experience in deeper wilderness or to Portland, Boston or New York for urban events and programming.
While Northwood staff (which include certified teachers, naturalists, professional musicians, Captains, artists, and more can teach in a lot of content areas, we also look forward to weaving in guest instructors from the community for special classes, such as languages, advanced mathematics, astronomy, computer and technology skills, and formal First Aid trainings. For certain travel and transportation needs, we will also tap our families to help out as they can.
As with all Northwood programs, tuition will be calculated on a sliding scale. The scale will in part be determined by our location and the number of students enrolled, but we will work with all families to ensure that any student who wishes to participate is able to regardless of financial restraints. An offer has tentatively been made by a local family to host students from farther distances on Tuesday evenings if they want to commute for the two days each week.
Some possible areas of study that students may choose to explore are:
Drama (improv and classical)
Martial Arts
Animal Tracking
Writing and Literature
Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants
Political Theory
Game Theory
Gender Explorations
Social Skills
Healing modalities
Wilderness First Aid

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