Every single one of us is a unique individual – with interests, talents, and goals, as well as feelings, philosophies, ideas, and a general way of being in the world that are constantly shifting, transmuting, and evolving. As long as you are breathing, stagnation is, simply, not possible.
At Deep Root Center, we understand that on a visceral level. We welcome every single being here as a whole person – not their label. We want to get to know each student without any preconceived notions that will prejudice our assessment, or, most importantly, our relationship. As a non-coercive, multi-age, self-directed learning facility, we (all of us – staff, volunteers, as well as the other young people) have an abundance of time to learn who they really are – their brilliance and deficits, what they dislike, as well as what lights their fire. We have the space to celebrate and highlight their strengths, while working through their challenges, without restrictive time-lines or dictates.
Each DRC student has a distinct plan, which is totally based on their interests and goals. We don’t have a set curriculum filled with finite information based on age or grade. We do have a full schedule of classes, one-on-ones, and activities, which, for the most part, are designed collaboratively by the kids and the facilitators to explore a kaleidoscope of subjects, philosophies, and theorems (personal and scientific) that are totally relevant to what they want to investigate. Within the loose structure of each class, every student will learn something completely different; because, they are able to personalize it to their specifications. Additionally, they can make observations and conclusions based on their unique perspective, and personal life experiences. All of our classes are open to any of our students, regardless of age, unless there is inappropriate content for younger children.
A mentoring relationship with me, is at the core of everything we do at DRC. I meet with every student, over the age of ten, each week to listen, ask questions, make suggestions, and develop their plan, which all of us fully expect to grow and change as time goes on. After all - it represents them, in this moment, and as soon as they are ready to move forward on their personal educational and life path it will transform, as well.
At DRC, we fully understand that in this ever-changing world, our children will be required to know themselves - their strengths and challenges - adapt quickly, think on their feet, work together collaboratively, and be inventive. The young people who learn these skills now, while embracing diversity of thought and philosophy, will be miles (and years) ahead of those who are mired in a tradition of inertia.
We are incredibly excited to announce that Deep Root Center has received a $10,000.00 grant from a donor who prefers to remain anonymous. This person is thrilled to support our work here in the NoCo. This gift will be used to offset some of the $65,000.00 scholarship aid that DRC offers to families who need it every year.
DRC has open enrollment throughout the year. If you feel DRC is the best place for your child, please get in touch.